Miandad suggests that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should take a firm stance and decline to travel to India for the highly anticipated clash, expected to be hosted at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium on October 15.
While speaking to media persons, Javed Miandad said:
“Let me be the first to refuse and say that, we should not tour India until India tours Pakistan. India is supposed to come and play in Pakistan. Earlier this used to happen, one year they used to come here, one year we used to travel there.
But the way they are behaving currently…if India doesn’t come here and play with us, w aren’t bothered to be there. We are better than them. Our cricket is very high and quality driven. We don’t need to care about them. Don’t come, I say go to hell if you don’t come. What difference does it make to us?”
There have been numerous speculations that Pakistan might indeed refuse to visit India, given the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) rejection of PCB’s hybrid model for the Asia Cup. As the suspense regarding Pakistan’s participation continues to mount, Miandad’s statement is likely to elicit diverse reactions.
Earlier, Pakistan refused to play any World Cup match in India due to the reason that India had denied to visit Pakistan for Asia Cup 2023 due to security reasons which was a decision supported by other Asian countries.
Now adding another matter to this saga, Pakistan has urged BCCI to shift their world cup match against Afghanistan from Chennai to Bangalore, the former pitch is known for assisting spinners and Pakistan has horribly struggled against quality spin attack.
Now, this whole matter has been on table for more than a year, both boards putting up conditions and a consistent disagreement has persisted. Few days ago, former Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi schooled PCB and told them to play and win in Indian conditions.