Mumbai, 25 April (TNS): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided not to honor the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed for the Indo-Pak bilateral series. While Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has often asked their Indian counterparts Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to agree to a series, the BCCI has paid no heed. Now a senior BCCI official has said that the Pakistani cricketers should first learn to respect their neighbours before they can think of playing a series against India.
At any cost, PCB wanted the series to be worked out. Hence, they agreed to play on any neutral ground and not only in the UAE. But BCCI has rejected all appeals of the men from the other side of the border citing lack of government clearance as the reason for it. Currently, an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting is going on in Kolkata and PCB Chairman Najam Sethi has landed in the country to throw light on this dispute.
However, BCCI has been miffed by the attitude of Pakistani cricketers. Shahid Afridi‘s comments about Kashmir and Hasan Ali’s behaviour at the Wagha Border has infuriated them.
“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 misbehavior 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’,” said a senior BCCI official while speaking to CricketNext.