1999 and 2004 were possible for Jagmohan Dalmiya’: Javed Miandad
Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad paid homage to the late Jagmohan Dalmiya, saying he was someone who had for respect for Pakistan cricket and cricketers.
Miandad, who was the coach of Pakistan when the team went to India in 1999 for a series, said Dalmiya had provided great hospitality to the visiting side.
“I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Dalmiya, who was widely respected for his role in raising the status of the subcontinent and South Asian region in world cricket,” Miandad said.
“Dalmiya’s passing away has left a big void in cricket,” he added.
Dalmiya, who was holding the post of the BCCI President, passed away in Kolkata on Sunday.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in an official statement said Dalmiya was a true friend of Pakistan cricket.
Miandad said the late Indian cricket chief had played a major role in encouraging Indo-Pak cricket encounters.
“The 1999 and 2004 series are two big examples of this.
They were held despite tensions in relations between the two countries,” said Miandad.
Meanwhile, Miandad said that chances of Indo-Pak series taking place in December in the UAE are slim.
“To be honest, I don’t entertain too many hopes now,” he added.
The legendary cricketer also advised the PCB to leave no stone unturned to make the Pakistan Super League a success.
“A lot depends on how well we organise the PSL at whatever venue. But I would suggest to the PCB to set a new example and also invite some Indian players for the league whether they come or not is another matter. But we should show we can be different even though they have shunned our players from the Indian Premier League,” he said.
In 1999, a two-Test match series was played and it was drawn 1-1 as Pakistan won the first match by 12 runs at M.Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Anil Kumble took 6 wickets in the Pakistan first innings. It was a low scoring match. Pakistan scored 238 in their first innings. Mohammad Yousuf scored 53 and Moin Khan 60.
Saqlain Mushtaq and Sahid Afridi restricted India for 254. Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly scored the fifties. A mere 16 run lead, so Pakistan failed to put a big lead over India. This time, Venkatesh Prasad wrecked havoc on the Pakistan batting line up. But, Shahid Afridi scored a century that helped the to put 286 on board and a 271 lead over India. For India, Sachin Tendulkar scored a hundred, but when Sachin had gone India needed only 17 runs with three wickets in hand. Saqlain Mushtaq took two and Wasim Akram, one to ensure a 12 run victory.
In the second and final match at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, India registered a 212 runs victory. Opener Sadagoppan Ramesh scored 60 and 96 in both innings. Pakistan was bundled out for 172 in their first innings as Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble bamboozled them. And scored 339 in the second innings. Pakistan was bamboozled for 207 as Anil Kumble created history as he became the second man in the history of Test cricket to take 10 wickets in an innings.
In 2004, India was touring Pakistan after 14 years of gap. India won the ODI series 3-2 and won the Test series 2-1. The highlight of the series was Virender Sehwag’s 309 at Multan.
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