ISLAMABAD – International Cricket Council (ICC) President Zaheer Abbas on Monday while condemning the attack by Shiv Sena activists on Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters said that he wants cricket to spread all around the world and politics should never be mixed with sports.
The Shiv Sena workers were protesting against BCCI president Shashank Manohar’s much-anticipated meeting with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan, to discuss the fate of a proposed bilateral series slated for December. Manohar had invited Shahryar for talks on the much-awaited series scheduled in December. But the Shiv Sena workers on Monday barged into the BCCI office holding anti-Pakistan placards and shouted slogans against Shahryar, who is in Mumbai to meet the BCCI president. The protesters had said that they would not allow any cricket ties with Pakistan.
Reacting on the issue, Zaheer, who is also a former Pakistani cricketer, said that it is not a new thing. “It is been happening for long. But being the ICC president, I want cricket to spread all around the world,” Indian Tv channel quoted him as saying. Zaheer said that politics and cricket are two different things. “Pakistan is not asking India to play in Pakistan. Pakistan is asking for a bilateral series to be played at a neutral venue,” he said.
The ICC president said that the entire cricketing world is waiting for Pakistan-India series to take place. “Nothing is better than Pakistan and India playing each other. The whole world and the people of both Pakistan and India are waiting for the series. The world is hoping that India will give a good news to the cricketing world,” Zaheer said.