The decision of banning fans from flying the non-Bangladeshi flags in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 has been whipped out by the former Pakistani cricketers. They have showed their wretched reaction on Wednesday, sources confirmed to NDTV.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board, which is hosting the prestigious tournament, has brought out the lodge following the outcry during the Asia Cup when some locals were waving Pakistani flags.
Bangladesh, earlier cited as ‘East Pakistan’, hailed from Pakistan and got parted after the independence war in 1971, when it is claimed that more than three million people got carried through at the manpower of the ground forces of the Islamic republic and its allied militias.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) issued the notification with a strict approach on the eve of their 44th Independence Day.
However, the decision has brought adverse reactions among many former cricketers. Former Pakistani skipper and coach Javed Miandad stated to AFP, “I’m surprised at the determination. Cricket is a game which has the sportsman spirit, but this decision breaks the spirit.”
Mohammad Yousuf, another former captain, who played 90 Tests and 288 ODIs for the side, requested BCB to reconsider their decision and he thinks ICC will surely want explanation. “I am certain that the BCB will take this decision back because it defies logic and I am sure the International Cricket Council will seek some explanation,” Yousuf said. He could recollect that he had always been welcome warmly in Bangladesh. “I have visited the home fans want to support Pakistan whenever their own team is not competing against us,” he appended.
Another former captain, Younis Khan seconded Yousuf, too, thinks that BCB should get through the decision again. “It is against the spirit of the game as you cannot hold back anyone from holding his favourite team,” he stated.