Miandad defends Imran's 'phateechar' remarks

Published: March 8, 2017
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Javed Miandad had Imran Khan’s back during their playing career, and it seems their bond is intact even decades into their retirements.

So when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supremo dug himself a hole following his controversial ‘phateechar’ remark regarding the foreign players in the Pakistan Super League final, it is no surprise as to who came to his rescue.

“These are regular cricketing terms and every cricketer knows them,” explained Miandad in a TV show. “In Karachi we have been using these terms from ages.”

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The legendary batsman then asked Imran’s detractors to try and grasp the complete context of the derogatory term.

“I don’t consider them problematic at all, because I know the background of these terms,” he said.

Having fully committed to his pal’s defence, Miandad then revealed that the hot topic these days should be PSL chairman Najam Sethi’s baseless allegation that England star Kevin Pietersen did not participate in the final due to Khan’s remarks.

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“It is a huge allegation, and it needs to be highlighted, especially after Pietersen has come out and clarified that it was his own decision and Imran Khan had nothing to do with it,” said Miandad. “English players never play if there is a security risk and we all know it already.”

Miandad even suggested Imran’s statement isn’t even an issue. “The whole nation saw when they [politicians] fought in the national assembly,” he added. “This is a real issue.”

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Fiz
    Mar 8, 2017 - 9:44PM

    IK is not playing cricket rather he is playing on the pitch of politics now. If he cannot adjust to the current conditions then he is not a good player and should be given out. He is not suited for politics nor for cricket anymore.Recommend

  • Junaid Khan
    Mar 9, 2017 - 12:10AM

    You will find only 5 cricketers opposing PSL. Miandad , Mohsin Khan , Adbul Qadir, Aamir Sohail and Sarafaz Nawaz. We all know why ? All 5 of them are anti-PSL and the real reason is they all 5 were not given Job or kicked out of PCB after Zaka Ashraf was removed by SC.Recommend

  • M.S.
    Mar 9, 2017 - 2:19AM

    Imran insulted our guests who risked their lives for Pakistan cricket. This is the point which Miandad didn’t understand.Recommend

  • Afridi
    Mar 9, 2017 - 8:04AM

    Panama is a state issue, PSL isnt a state issue. Recommend

  • Ungentlemanly
    Mar 9, 2017 - 8:30AM

    Miandad: ““These are regular cricketing terms and every cricketer knows them,” explained Miandad in a TV show. “In Karachi we have been using these terms from ages.””
    Well, this shows that all those who play cricket these days are not gentlemen. Thanks for the admission, Miandad.
    Sadly, gone are the beautiful days when cricket used to be a gentleman’s game.Recommend

  • Sharjeel
    Mar 9, 2017 - 9:15AM

    @Fiz After reading your comment all i can say you are not suited to even comment on the topicRecommend

  • JB
    Mar 9, 2017 - 10:26AM

    @M.S : ‘risked their lives’. That is exactly what these people have been saying. People should not be risking their lives to play cricket in the country. This is sport. Not a war.
    Please try not contradicting yourselves when bashing someone else.
    Its amazing how our country is concentrating on this when Najam Sethi’s allegations regarding KP and IK are simply ignored. Recommend

  • Abdul Majeed Sheikh
    Mar 9, 2017 - 11:15AM

    Mr Nawaz Sharif and his cronies including quite a few jouranlists makes non-issues a issue, do the word “pateechar” makes any difference to the cricketing legend like Dareen Sammy Jeron Pollard who were limelight in PSLRecommend

  • Tyggar
    Mar 9, 2017 - 11:39AM

    “English players never play if there is a security risk and we all know it already.”

    After the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008, the English team returned to play the test series after one monthRecommend

  • saad
    Mar 9, 2017 - 1:13PM

    Getting boring now .. seems like slow day in news these daysRecommend

  • Singh
    Mar 9, 2017 - 1:26PM

    @Ungentlemanly:
    Cricket is ‘jua’ (gamble) these days, its not a gentleman’s game anymore now.Recommend

  • israr
    Mar 9, 2017 - 2:16PM

    Spot on the terms are normally used in Karachi club cricket and then it spread to all over pakistan and lahore being hub used it as did karachi, the words is used for cricketers and cricket and the terms used are for cricket so whats wrong with that and its about PSL and not about anything, so these analysts who come on tv and open their mouth have no idea about cricket haha so weldone javaid mianadad and he has spoken as cricketerRecommend

  • Hamood
    Mar 10, 2017 - 1:07AM

    Miandad Sab you and Imran and others of your era we’re our legends. We greatly respect them. We cannot imagine our legends to be PHATEECHER. Now do you like to be called as such???Recommend

  • SK5
    Mar 10, 2017 - 4:38AM

    Can’t believe this fiasco is still going on. I hold the media responsible for making a mountain out of a molehill on this topic, surely there must be other problems in Pakistan they can cover and spend energy, time on?Recommend

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