PCB should have pushed BCCI for govts clearance: Miandad

ISLAMABAD: Legendary batsman Javed Miandad on Wednesday said it was the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) responsibility to push the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for getting their government’s clearance for the Pakistan-India World Twenty20 match.

Miandad also hailed the International Cricket Council (ICC) for shifting the Pakistan-India match to Kolkata from Dharamsala.

“It is a very good decision taken on part of the ICC,” he said while talking to a private news channel.

He said the steps that took place as part of the security arrangements by the Pakistani government and the PCB should have been taken by the ICC.

“ICC should have pressured India beforehand when they knew that the situation for the Pak-India match in Dharamsala was not favourable,” he said.

Meanwhile, the PCB has also welcomed the ICC’s decision of shifting the Pak-India game to Kolkatta. The PCB has also conveyed ICC and BCCI that the Pakistani government is expecting an assurance against specific threats to the national team from various political parties and groups during the tour.

Pending this assurance and in accordance with the recommendation by the Security delegation, the PCB has decided to defer the departure of Pakistan men and women teams to India.