Former Pakistan captain and legendary cricketer, Javed Miandad, has called on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to boycott cricket matches against India at all the International Cricket Council (ICC) events. Miandad held that if Pakistan boycotts India at ICC matches then it would entail losses for the ICC which would eventually lead to equal treatment to Pakistan by ICC as well as other forums.
The veteran cricketer who has also been the coach of the Pakistani cricket team thrice said that it is the time for Pakistan to take some stance on association with India on the cricket front, keeping national pride and respect in mind. The cricketer maintains that it is of no use to beg India to play bilateral cricket.
The Times of India quotes Miandad saying,
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. 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 than we will be treated with respect and we will be heard on a equal level at any forum.
Miandad pointed out that boycott of cricket matches with India by Pakistan would also make the international community realize the “injustice” that is done by Indians to Pakistani cricket. He asserted that despite India and Pakistan being equal members of the ICC, other members had not recognized the injustice that is being done to Pakistan.
In May, India’s Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Vijay Goel had ruled out the possibility of India’s potential bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan as long as the incidents of terrorism from Pakistan continued.
In 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between India and Pakistan per which, five bilateral series were to be played between India and Pakistan between the year 2015 and 2023. However, India’s government had refused to play with Pakistan if the terrorism from the other side of the border did not stop. After such an announcement by the Sports Minister of India, PCB sent a legal notice to BCCI claiming damages of around Rs. 387 crore ($60 million) for not honoring the MoU.
Referring to the legal notice for claim of damages by the PCB, Miandad further said that by taking its claim of compensation to the dispute resolution committee of the ICC, PCB was only going to waste its valuable money. Further putting his opinion forward on the matter, he said,
The same money, 100 crores rupees or more, can be pumped into our cricket infrastructure because no one will listen to us as India is very influential and strong in the ICC level. I see it as a waste of time and money.
According to Miandad, going to India in 2012 and playing the short limited over series was the biggest mistake of Pakistan. He maintained that Pakistan did it as a “good gesture” but got nothing in return. He said that highest priority must be given to the pride and respect of the country and that Pakistan should not seek to play any cricket series with India.
Miandad firmly held that Pakistan should boycott India at all the ICC events and take a stance to see what will happen. He also asserted that Pakistan had nothing to lose by doing so.