LAHORE: I am at a loss to understand why the International Cricket Council (ICC) is treating Pakistan like a pariah and subjecting it to the worst type of apartheid? Firstly, the ICC is ensuring that no foreign team tours Pakistan. Secondly, if at all any country expresses the slightest of interest in touring Pakistan, it ensures that the tour is sabotaged by taking steps, which discourages the country to go ahead with the visit.
Moreover, the ICC has also taken no action against the Indian organisers of the Champions League Twenty20, who had refused to invite the Pakistani Twenty20 champions Sialkot Stallions to the competition. Pakistani cricket fans now want answers from the ICC. Aren’t these actions a form of apartheid being practiced against a major cricketing nation like Pakistan?
I advise the Pakistan Cricket Board to take legal action against the ICC and claim maximum damages for the apartheid that is being practiced against Pakistan.
Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad
Published in The Express Tribune, April 3rd, 2012.
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