Javed Miandad, Pakistan’s legendary cricketer has called on the PCB to boycott against their arch-rivals, India, in all ICC events.
The veteran of 124 Tests, who also coached the national team thrice, said it was time Pakistan took a strong stance on cricket ties with India keeping in mind national interest and pride. This came in result to what India’s sports minister, Vijay Goel had announced earlier; no Pakistan sportspersons will be allowed to play in India or vice versa except for when it is at a neutral venue and at a multilateral tournament, such as the ICC Champions Trophy.
The former team captain said,
It is time we responded with bricks to stones. There is no need for us to play with India at any forum if they are not willing to restore bilateral ties. We should also boycott playing against them in all ICC events.
Miandad believed that boycotting India at all events will affect the ICC’s financials greatly as one of the biggest games are the matches between India and Pakistan. According to him, this would eventually lead to a better treatment of Pakistan on this particular issue.
I think when we don’t play India in ICC events and the ICC suffers financial losses and their events lose significance and colour, only then we will be treated with respect and we will be heard on a equal level at any forum.
What do you think of Miandad’s statements? Do you support him in this boycott or are you against him?