Yousuf urges ICC to take action against BCCI’s anti-Pakistan statement

Published: September 24, 2016
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Muhammad Yousuf heads to practice on the eve of his Test return at The Oval on August 17, 2010. PHOTO: AFP

Muhammad Yousuf heads to practice on the eve of his Test return at The Oval on August 17, 2010. PHOTO: AFP

Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf said on Saturday that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should take notice of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur’s ‘political’ statement.

“The ICC keeps on saying it will not tolerate politics or government interference in member boards and the BCCI president is making political statements. Either he should speak as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader or as a BCCI head,” said Yousuf as quoted by Press Trust of India.

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Yousuf’s reaction came after Thakur, on Friday, said that India is not ready to play against Pakistan who allegedly sponsor terrorism.

“No question of playing cricket. Today, priority is to expose Pakistan as a country which sponsors terrorism. We can’t even think of such thing (playing cricket with Pakistan),” said Thakur.

Former right-hand batsman, who holds the Test record for most runs in a calendar year, also said that India, for some reason, avoided playing Pakistan even when the two countries had good relations.

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“I just don’t understand what he [Thakur] wants to say,” said Yousuf. “For the last eight years, India has avoided playing us in a proper bilateral series even when relations were better.”

The 42-year-old further said that people of both countries enjoyed the matches between Pakistan and India however, now, there is no series.

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Another former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif believes Indian board had earlier made their intentions clear of not playing against Pakistan thus rendering Thakur’s statement weightless.

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“The last time we went to India in 2012 as a goodwill gesture for a short series of ODI and T20I matches. But since 2007, the Indian board has avoided playing us at a bilateral level in a full series,” he said.

Latif said at least the PCB knew now where it stood as far as relations with BCCI were concerned.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Fitoor
    Sep 24, 2016 - 5:42PM

    Chankya politics. Obsession.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 24, 2016 - 5:59PM

    Is he representative of PCB or spokesperson of Sports Ministry? If he cannot shut up then he should convey his feelings to PCB and ask it’s lazy and corrupt officials to say something on this subject. Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Sep 24, 2016 - 6:50PM

    Why ICC? Nawaz Sharif should be writing to the UN.Recommend

  • Zaid
    Sep 25, 2016 - 12:14AM

    Poor guy knows that loosing cricket matches against Pakistan cricket can be costly to him.A new excuse from Blind Cricket Council Of India(BCCI).Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Sep 25, 2016 - 4:59AM

    Cricket or any sport is played among friendly groups or nations. Pakistan has shown enmity towards India since 1947. In recent years that enmity has culminated into sending terrorists to kill Indian citizens and cause destruction and give sanctuary to terrorists. On top of that Pakistan continues to foment trouble in Kashmir. Therefore Thakur is correct when he said that there is no question of playing cricket with Pakistan.Recommend

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