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Javed Miandad speaks to Shoaib Malik at a training session. – File photo by AFP

MUMBAI: Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad disclosed on Tuesday that he will be witnessing the third One-day International against India on Delhi on Jan 6 and has already received the visa for the same.

“My visa and tickets are ready and I shall be in Delhi for the third ODI match scheduled for Jan 6,” he said.

In 2005, it was reported in the press that any requests for a visa by the former captain could be turned down due to his son Junaid’s marriage to Mahrukh, the daughter of Dawood Ibrahim who is still wanted in India in connection with the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case.

Speaking exclusively from Lahore on Tuesday, Miandad said: “I faced absolutely no problem in getting the Indian visa and am quite excited about travelling to Delhi for the big game.”

However, Miandad could not exactly recall the last time he went to India. “I came to India for a TV programme. I also had my visa ready for the World Cup semi-final in Mohali, but owing to some last-minute changes, I had to cancel my India trip,” he added.

Miandad currently holds the second most powerful position in the PCB, that of director general, and is directly reporting to the chairman, Zaka Ashraf.

“In the line of duty for the PCB, I have a number of assignments at hand and do not get time to come to India often,” he stressed.

The PCB has made arrangements to send a few former cricketing greats to India to witness the ODI matches.

Three out of five Mohammad brothers will be in India for the remaining two ODIs.

“I am granted the visa for Kolkata and Delhi,” Mushtaq Mohammad said from London. “I am leaving for Kolkata tonight,” he added.

“Sadiq Mohammad is already there in Kolkata and Hanif Mohammad will join me in Delhi,” he added.

All Mohammad brothers — Hanif, Wazir, Raees, Mushtaq and Sadiq Mohammad — were born in India before partition.

The World Cup winning captain Imran Khan has declined invitation citing political commitments. His cousin and former CEO, Majid Khan too has declined to come to India.

Updated Jan 02, 2013 12:06am

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Asif
Jan 02, 2013 12:53am
How pathetic that this great player, possibly for all time is mentioned around that he got the visa. I always wonder how low you want to go in order to present Pakistani great players. One thing for sure this news piece show no respect for yourself or presenting pakistani great.
Mr.T
Jan 02, 2013 06:20am
Great Man to see even if he's not playing...
rohit
Jan 02, 2013 05:46am
i think he shuld come to india
skeptic
Jan 04, 2013 02:17pm
so the Indian represents the world now,hmm... i will rather call it dreams of grandeur
Oz
Jan 02, 2013 12:56pm
What has miandad got to do with being related in some way to Dawood Ibrahim. I respect the views of indian govt over the concerns they have raised about him, but if they are true, what has Miandad got to do with all those things. Does being related to a suspect make you a suspect or criminal as well ? What kind of world do we live in... I wonder.
Hakim
Jan 02, 2013 03:20pm
What has English to do with high education? Do you want to imply that only English speakers are learned? What a narrow-minded and one-sided way of thinking. Apart from this, they are great ex-cricketers and do not need to prove anything or impress anybody. They already impressed the world with their skills.
Adakho
Jan 02, 2013 12:35pm
Aww..So Cute
sali
Jan 02, 2013 08:32am
Pakistani batting legends...Miandad with Hanif brothers. Great.
Pramod
Jan 02, 2013 10:12am
and yes, All other Pakistani great player are most welcome in India.
Nilesh
Jan 04, 2013 10:55am
Will you guys welcome Taslima nasreenin pakistan?..if you do,we'll also welcome miandad.
Anony
Jan 03, 2013 08:24pm
Thanks Pramod.
Shri
Jan 02, 2013 02:28pm
Thankyou for the joke and making a mockery of yourself. Thats being a true Pakistani.
Sanjay
Jan 04, 2013 02:08pm
Yes he should come tall us about where is dawood these day becoz the justice is bigger than relative that what is in islam sanjay a muslim from india
Indian
Jan 04, 2013 04:50am
Pakistan will cease to exist one day because of people like you. The world is eagerly waiting for that day.
Anony
Jan 03, 2013 08:22pm
And why not? Whats his son-in-law gotta do with him in respect to watching the game in india.
Anony
Jan 03, 2013 08:23pm
I totally agree with your statements.
Indian
Jan 04, 2013 04:39pm
The incompetent Congress Govt. has given him Visa against the wishes of common man in India. I am sure there will be protests against him. He is NOT wanted in India period.
Barry Richard
Jan 02, 2013 09:43am
Miandad alongwith Haneef Muhammad and Mushtaq Muhammad etc.should address all BCCI officials in English and should impress upon them how highly educated our cricketers are as compared to their Dravid ,Dhoni and others.
EmMoosa
Jan 02, 2013 04:58pm
English is not an Indian language. Why we should be ashamed of not speaking it properly?. We are not proud to speak this language. It is just a language of communacation. Are Germans, Koreans, Chinese and Japanese are backward without this language ? Don't worry we are quite ok with our Hindi and Urdu. Miandad and Mohammad brothers were strongly speaking with their bats. That was enough.
anil
Jan 03, 2013 06:01pm
and yes , there will be some punch lines like "insa allah" in every sentence .haha..good joke
Anony
Jan 03, 2013 08:23pm
That was pretty naive and dumb of you Barry.
Aqil Siddiqi
Jan 04, 2013 12:15am
Sports and politics should not be mixed.
nomaa
Jan 02, 2013 05:52pm
what's the point of this article?
rich
Jan 02, 2013 07:08pm
bipin saab why comments againt miandad not being posted, no freedom of expression?
Atul
Jan 02, 2013 08:21pm
Miandad had been mentioned as a security risk earlier.Moreover he is related to Dawood ibrahim by marriage .How can he get the visa for India?
Robert Suting
Jan 03, 2013 05:04pm
Yes, we are so bad to Muslims that is why their number is increased multifold from 9% in 1947 to 19% now! And you love your Hindus and Christians that is why they have simply vanished!! The difficulties Pakistan is facing today is not just because of its Army. It is because of this mindset that is so widespread. I do not see your situation becoming any better till you come out of your hatred of non-Muslims. You think you are superior to Christians and Hindus and Jews and the rest. But the world sees the reality.
waqas
Jan 02, 2013 08:30pm
This is the mind set of Hindu Brahmin we are talking about. Think about the Muslims of India ,how they are being treated? Pakistan exist for a reason and this reason will stick around till the Judgement day and the reason is Pegans can not be your friends.Living together does not matter.
Kris
Jan 03, 2013 04:55pm
If Miandad is smart, he will not be attending
R
Jan 02, 2013 11:39pm
Education has nothing to do with language. Being fluent in English is in no way an evidence that you are educated. If this is the case, then all non English speaking people on the planet are uneducated, which is far from truth.
Devendra Sharma
Jan 03, 2013 05:16am
why in english why not in urdu or in hindi. it clearly show that we still like slavery of brits. shame.........