Unimpressed with India’s stand to refuse to play Pakistan in bilateral series, former Pakistan skipper Javed Miandad has urged Pakistan to boycott India at all upcoming ICC events. The former cricketer who holds the record of playing around 124 Tests for his country said it was time Pakistan ‘took a stance’ regarding cricketing ties with India. He said they must do this keeping in mind their national interest and pride. He stated, “It is time we responded with bricks to stones.” While Pakistan has been showing a keen interest in playing a bilateral series, India has held back citing political issues at the border. “Boycott them in ICC events. Take a stance and see what will happen. We have nothing to lose,” he said.
Miandad said it was ‘useless’ to ‘beg’ India to play a bilateral series with them. “I think when we don’t play India in ICC events and the ICC suffers financial losses and their events lose significance and color, only then we will be treated with respect and we will be heard on an equal level at any forum,” stated Miandad, adding that the international community will then realize the injustice meted out to Pakistan by the Indians. He said that while Pakistan and India were both equal members of the executive board of the ICC, the other members had never accepted that Pakistan was treated unjustly.
“If the ICC board is not able to convince India to change its stance why should they expect us to play in the ICC events with India?” Miandad asked. He felt that the PCB would only be wasting valuable time and resources by going to the ICC disputes resolution committee with its compensation claim. He said the same amount of money should instead be put into their cricket infrastructure as India is ‘very influential’ at the ICC level.
Miandad believes that Pakistan’s decision to play a short limited over series in India in 2012 was a mistake. He said that while they called it a ‘good gesture’ India ended up making millions with Pakistan getting nothing in return. He also said that Pakistan’s failure to come up with a strong policy decision on its ties with India has caused them embarrassment many times in the past. He said that priority must now be given to national pride and respect, without chasing after India to play any series.