Former ICC chief criticises Anurag Thakur’s immature statements on Pakistan!
Former International Cricket Council chief Ehsan Mani has blasted BCCI president Anurag Thakur for his “immature and inflammatory statements” on bilateral ties with Pakistan. Following the Uri terrorist attacks, Thakur had said that it is impossible to play against Pakistan and also wrote to the apex body of the game to not include India and Pakistan in the same group in future multi-nation tournaments.
Mani said that Pakistan Cricket Board should react strongly to Thakur’s comments at the ICC executive board meeting in Cape Town next week.
“The Indian Cricket Board President, with his immature and inflammatory statements, has given an opening to Pakistan to plead its case more effectively at the ICC meeting,” he said.
The former ICC chief also said that ICC should question Thakur about his position in making his controversial statements against Pakistan.
“Anurag Thakur is a politician and member of parliament of the ruling party and the ICC must ask him to explain in what capacity does he give his statements on Pakistan or any other cricket issue,” Mani said.
“They must ask him to explain his position since the ICC constitution clearly forbade any of its own officials or those of member countries to make statements that bring the game into disrepute and that is what Thakur has done in his statements,” the former ICC chief said.
The arch-rivals have not played a full bilateral Test series after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks which led to the suspension of cricketing ties between the two countries.They played a short series of three ODIs and two T20 matches in India in December 2012 but otherwise they have met only in ICC-organised events or the Asia Cup.
And any hopes of the revival of bilateral ties is looking bleak after the Uri attacks. The Indian has been very vocal in expressing their point of not playing against their arch rivals. Meanwhile, Mani claimed that he has been advising Pakistan to not play against India from last two years. He said that India takes home a major chunk of the fortune generated by their match and accused them of not showing any interest in resuming the bilateral ties.
“Now India is talking about not playing us in group stages of ICC events. The truth is that the ICC earns a lot from these Indo-Pak matches in its tournaments and India takes home the lion’s share under the big three governance formula. Yet they don’t want to have bilateral cricket ties with us.”
“But now it is clear there is a lot of negativity from the Indian cricket board and even otherwise the situation is tense. So this is the best time for Pakistan to make its point at the ICC meeting,” Mani concluded.
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