The Board of Control for Cricket in India president Anurag Thakur has given a fitting reply to former Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad’s tirade against India.
Following the Uri terrorist attacks, India retaliated by carrying out a surgical strike across the Line of Control. Miandad had said that Pakistan was ready for an all-out war against India. Miffed by India’s strike, Miandad said: “We are ready for martyrdom. Our nation cannot be cowed down by hollow threats.”
Reacting to Miandad’s statement, the BCCI president, who is also a MP of the ruling party, on Tuesday said that Pakistan has still not recovered after remaining winless against their arch rivals in both the battlefield and cricket field.
“Pakistan is still not over the trauma inflicted by India in the wars of 1965, 1971 and Kargil. Same with Miandad who also remains to be in shock for not being able to beat India even once in World Cup history. If needed, India will make Pakistan bite the dust again, whether it is on the battlefield or cricket field,” Thakur said.
Mr Thakur did not stop there and took another dig at the Pakistani cricketer by saying that Miandad should tell his relative and gangster-terrorist, Dawood Ibrahim, to return to India.
“If Miandad is so confident about his own people, he should tell Dawood to come back to India. Why doesn’t he do that? We have always defeated Pakistan and will do so again in the future,” Thakur added.
Ever since the deadly attacks by the terrorists, in which 19 Indian Army personnel were martyred, the board president has been very vocal in expressing his desire to not resume the bilateral cricketing ties with Pakistan.
A couple of weeks earlier, he said:“In the context of what has happened even considering such a thought is not appropriate. Priority is to expose Pak as a country which sponsors terrorism. No question of playing cricket which such a nation.”
The board has also asked the International Cricket Council to keep both the teams in separte groups in future multi-nation tournaments.
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