Miandad slams BCCI plan to ban Pakistan from World Cup

Updated February 22, 2019

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Miandad says the ICC will not accept this foolish and childish move by the BCCI.— AFP/File
Miandad says the ICC will not accept this foolish and childish move by the BCCI.— AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: Reacting to media reports indicating Indian cricket board considering isolating Pakistan from this year’s World Cup, batting legend Javed Miandad on Thursday said the ICC does not mean ‘Indian Cricket Council’, rather it represents all cricket-playing nations and knows what is best for the game.

According to some recent media reports, the BCCI on the pretext of the recent Pulwama attack on security personnel in Indian-occupied Kashmir, is mulling to write a letter to the ICC on banning Pakistan team from the World Cup, scheduled to be held in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.

Talking to APP, Miandad said the ICC would not accept this foolish and childish move by the BCCI.

“There is absolutely no chance of the ICC listening to the BCCI as its [ICC’s] constitution allows members the right to participate in its events,” he said.

Miandad also slammed ex-Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly’s statement to cut-off all sporting ties with Pakistan.

“I think Saurav wants to run for elections in the coming days or wants to become the chief minister as it is just a publicity stunt to gain attention of his country mates,” Miandad said.

Published in Dawn, February 22nd, 2019