A BCCI official has come down hard on PCB for making multiple statements regarding bilateral ties but failing to control their players for "indiscriminate actions" against India. The official also added that the Indian board will keep on listening to the government as far as Pakistan is concerned.
Yesterday, Najam Sethi was adamant that the PCB will find a resolution to the ongoing dispute between the PCB and the Board of Control of Cricket in India regarding an alleged violation of the contract under the Future Tours Programme by the Indian board. He even went as far as advising the BCCI to stop asking for the central government’s permission to play against the neighbouring country. However, it appears that their aspirations to play a series against India have taken a severe brickbat as a BCCI official slammed the PCB and asked them to keep their players’ mouth in check first.
The official was referring to Shahid Afridi's Twitter rant where he urged the United Nations to intervene in ‘India Occupied Kashmir’ and stop the killing of ‘innocents’, which resulted in Indian cricketers slamming the legendary Pakistani cricketer. Apart from Afridi, Pakistani paceman Hasan Ali's recent antics at the Wagah Border also made India furious.
Ali - one of Pakistan cricket’s brightest stars at the moment - was seen walking up to the Pakistani soldier in the middle of a ceremony at the Wagah Border and then imitated the Rangers, patted his thigh and raised his arm, before replicating his signature celebratory move, all while gesturing to the Indian soldiers and spectators on the other side.
“In an ideal world, we would host Pakistan in India and visit Pakistan to play there. Our willingness thus exceeds the willingness of PCB it appears when we talk only of willingness. However, firstly Najam must understand that BCCI does not decide the policies of the government of India just the way PCB does not decide the policies of the government of Pakistan. We are an Indian organisation that is bound by the laws of India and we have to comply with them, it is not a card for us but a legal necessity. It may be optional to follow the law in Pakistan, but in India it is mandatory,” the BCCI official was quoted as saying by Cricketnext.
“Further, it is a bit much for Najam to say this when the Patron in Chief of the PCB is the sitting Prime Minister of Pakistan. I would also request Najam to sternly deal with the issue of the recent misbehaviour of the Pakistani cricketer in showing disrespect towards India as a country and other indiscriminate actions and words by former cricketers that do nothing to promote the right atmosphere for cricket. I do hope they at least understand the concept of a ‘gentleman’.”