Ehsan Mani asks Pakistan to boycott India in ICC meet

Former ICC president Ehsan Mani says Pakistan should produce a hard stance against Anurag Thakur's comments at the ICC executive board meeting.

By: PTI | Karachi | Published:October 5, 2016 11:03 am
Ehsan Mani, ICC, BCCI, India vs Pakistan, India Pakistan, PCB, Pakistan Cricket Board, Board of control for cricket in India, Anurag Thakur, India Pakistan cricket, cricket news, cricket, sports news, sports Ehsan Mani has urged PCB to ask BCCI especially Anurag Thakur to explain his position on the Pakistan-India matters. (Source: Reuters file photo)

Former International Cricket Council president Ehsan Mani has criticised BCCI chief Anurag Thakur for his “inflammatory” comments on Pakistan and asked the PCB to push for India to be stripped off hosting ICC events. Mani said on Tuesday night that Pakistani cricket officials should come strong at the ICC executive board meeting in Cape Town next week.

“The Indian Cricket Board President, with his immature and inflammatory statements, has given an opening to Pakistan to plead its case more effectively at the ICC meeting,” he said.

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Mani said that the Pakistan delegation should also demand that the ICC should ask the BCCI president to explain his position in making his statements against Pakistan. “Anurag Thakur is a politician and member of parliament of the ruling party and the ICC must ask him to explain in what capacity does he give his statements on Pakistan or any other cricket issue,” Mani said.

“They must ask him to explain his position since the ICC constitution clearly forbade any of its own officials or those of member countries to make statements that bring the game into disrepute and that is what Thakur has done in his statements,” the former ICC chief said.

Mani said for the last two years he had been advising the Pakistan board to stop playing India in the group stage of ICC events. “Now India is talking about not playing us in group stages of ICC events. The truth is that the ICC earns a lot from these Indo-Pak matches in its tournaments and India takes home the lions share under the big three governance formula. Yet they don’t want to have bilateral cricket ties with us.”

Mani said that Pakistani cricket officials for years had been following a policy of appeasement with India because they wanted resumption of bilateral cricket series. “But now it is clear there is lot of negativity from the Indian cricket board and even otherwise the situation is tense. So this is the best time for Pakistan to make its point at the ICC meeting.”

A PCB official recently confirmed that due to India not playing against Pakistan since 2007 in a full bilateral series, it had suffered losses to the tune of more than $100 million.

Najam Sethi, the former chairman of the PCB, who now heads the executive committee, told the media in Lahore that they planned to give a befitting reply to India’s recent threats to not play Pakistan in ICC events. “Yes we have been reading these statements and we will give them a strong response at the ICC meeting,” Sethi said.

Sethi will be attending the ICC board meeting with CEO, Subhan Ahmad since chairman Shaharyar Khan, a former career diplomat, remains indisposed as he is recovering from a heart surgery.

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    kolhapuri
    Oct 5, 2016 at 9:08 am
    stanis never put their words into actions. They should not depend on India for earning money. In every sphere they try to compete with India. They think that whatever India can do, they can also do it. So let them try in the ensuing ICC meeting. I welcome the statement of Anurag Thakur that India should not be placed in the same group with stan. This is a correct step towards making the stanis realise what is their status in the world including the world of cricket.
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    Abdul Salam
    Oct 5, 2016 at 9:35 am
    Bladi ian
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    adam khan
    Oct 5, 2016 at 6:37 am
    India should be exposed at every level it carrys out terrorist attacks on innocent stans yet it claims to be the victim moody is a racist terrorist war criminal
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    adam khan
    Oct 5, 2016 at 6:41 am
    No cricket with India najem sethi sharyar Khan should be charged for being traitors we do not want any cricket ties with India these dirty filthy black istanis are only good to please stani men
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    ganapathi Krishna
    Oct 5, 2016 at 3:09 pm
    This Mani thinks that he can advise Pak board . No cricket board can ignore BCCI , if PAk tries then they will get isolated . who wants to play cricket in stan , no one with sane mind would like to visit that country . So stop all this rubbish utterances as everyone knows Pak board cannot do any thing if they want to continue playing cricket.
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    SubbuI
    Oct 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm
    THUGH HE IS A VERY VOCAL BJP MP AND ASWAYAMSEVAK SINCE HE IS THE PRESDENT OF BCCI ANURAGH THAKUR BEHAVIOUR NOWADAYS ARE UNBECOMING OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT OSIATION. HIS OPEN CONTEMPT AND REMARKS AGAINST JUSTICE LODHA COMMITTE IS VERY ANNOYING.ALSO HIS SLANDARIUS COMMENTS AGAINST ICC PRESIDENT MR MANOHAR IS VERY ATRACIOUS AND ORRAGANT. HE GOT NO BUSSINESS TO TAKE BJP/ RSS LINE IN DECESIONS PERTAINING TO ICC INTERNATIONL EVENTSlt;br/gt;WITH IN VERY SHORT PERIOD THIS ORRAGANT AND INGNORANT FELLOW I GETTING IN TO OUR NERVES. BETTER HE RESIGNS FROM BCCI ALL ACTIVITIES AND PRESIDENT SHIP AND DO PARTY WORK AND SANGH ACTIVITIES IN ADDITION TO HIS CONSUENCY WORK AS IT'S MP WHICH ONE OF THE MOST BACKWARD IN HIMACHAL PRADESH.ALSO HE CAN JOIN HIS PARTY MATE MONKEY SWAMY IN BJP DIRTY TRICKS DEPARTMENT AND HELP IN CONGRESS AND HI BITING OUT SIDE PARLIMENT ALSO.SHAME ON ANURAG THAKUR
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    Amit
    Oct 5, 2016 at 10:22 am
    Bhootnee ke jihadi keede
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    Amit
    Oct 5, 2016 at 10:24 am
    Fk stan at every level-business, sports, bollywood, army. Let them realize they are no better then gutter ka keeda. Aukat yaad dilaoo ka2uo ko.
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