Ex-ICC Chief Asks PCB to Corner India Over BCCI Chief’s Remarks 

Anurag Thakur had asked ICC to not put India and Pakistan in the same groups in ICC events in future. 

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File photo of former ICC President Ehsan Mani. (Photo: Reuters)

Former International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani has criticised BCCI chief Anurag Thakur for his "inflammatory" comments and asked the Pakistan Cricket Board to push the ICC at an upcoming meeting to ask Thakur to explain his remarks.

Mani said on Tuesday night that Pakistani cricket officials should take a strong stand at the ICC meeting at the 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.
Ehsan Mani, Former ICC President

Mani said that the Pakistani delegation must push the ICC to ask the BCCI president to explain his position in the backdrop of his statements about 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. 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.

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.

The last time India and Pakistan played a match in an ICC event was during the 2016 World T20 tournament in India. (Photo: Reuters)
The last time India and Pakistan played a match in an ICC event was during the 2016 World T20 tournament in India. (Photo: Reuters)

"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 lion’s share under ‘the big three’ governance formula. Yet they don't want to have bilateral cricket ties with us," Mani said.

He 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."

(With inputs from PTI)

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