Former cricketer Abdul Qadir on Thursday asked for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in order to sort out its bilateral series brawl with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
It may be mentioned here that PCB had signed a MoU with BCCI to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. Four of those series were to be hosted by Pakistan and the six tours pending a legal agreement will include up to 14 Tests, 30 ODIs and 12 Twenty20s.
The first of these bilateral series was to take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last year in December but it did not happen as the Indian Government didn’t gave a green signal to the BCCI for the series.
Recently PCB executive committee chairman Najam Sethi also demanded financial compensation from BCCI and ICC for losses
incurred due to India’s refusal to play bilateral series against them.
Talking to APP, Qadir said the PCB should go first to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and must ask them to intervene in the matter as to sort out the issues regarding the bilateral series.
“It is time ICC stops its biased attitude against Pakistan and confront BCCI for its wrong doings,” he said.
He said when it comes on banning a Pakistani player on bowling action then ICC steps in at once and bans the player but when it is time to do something for Pakistan the ICC backs out.
“If ICC does not give a helping hand in the matter then Indian PM Modi must step in and ask BCCI to dissolve the problem,” he said.
He said Modi should understand it is not matter of politics but sports. “Sports should be kept aside from politics and Modi must deal with this matter maturely,” he said.
He said the people of the subcontinent want to see Pakistan-India matches and a game should be seen as a game not politics.
“The MOU cannot be overlooked as it is a legal agreement and India is bound to play Pakistan,” he said adding if India still refuses then they should compensate PCB.