Pak on verge of isolation from international cricket: Mani

December 23rd, 2008 - 7:21 pm ICT by ANI  

Karachi, Dec.23 (ANI): Former International Cricket Council (ICC) President Ehsaan Mani has said that Pakistan is on the verge of isolation from world cricket.
Mani blamed India, Australia and England of sidelining Pakistan in the international arena.
Currently the interests of India, Australia and England have aligned and they are completely ignoring Pakistan. he said.
Mani asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to take some pro-active approach tomaintain Pakistans status as one of the leading test playing nation.
Its time that the PCB comes out with an effective strategy. It will have to consolidate relations with other Test-playing nations, the Daily Times quoted Mani, as saying.
Mani stated that Pakistan is suffering because of its over dependence on India. He lamented PCB of being relying heavily on India.
The PCB, in spite of my repeated warnings, started relying heavily on India in the last three years, he said.
The former ICC chief said that Pakistan always obliged India by doing whatever it demanded. Citing the issue of banning the Pakistani player who defected to the Indian Cricket League, he said: We have been doing everything that India told us to do. Look at the ICL issue. Weve banned all our players just to please them.
Taking a dig at the ICC, he said that the International Cricket Council has been applying double standards.
ICC failed to find any security issues when England traveled to India for the ongoing Test series in spite of the killings in Mumbai, he said.
ICC is being unsympathetic towards Pakistan. I was surprised to hear the ICC talking about sending security missions to Pakistan ahead of the Sri Lanka series. They believe its important because India have cancelled their tour. They (ICC) should be aware that India refused to travel to Pakistan because of political reasons as their government didnt clear the visit. The decision was not taken because they had any security concerns, Mani said. (ANI)

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