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Miandad believes India should come first and doesn’t want Pakistan to travel India for the World Cup

<p>Javed Miandad, a legendary batsman, hurled further criticism at India, arguing that Pakistan shouldn’t play any games there, even in this year’s ICC ODI World Cup, unless the BCCI agrees to send a team to his country first.</p>
<p>According to the tentative schedule created by the ICC, Pakistan and India will face off on October 15 at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad in a crucial World Cup match.<img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” class=”alignnone wp-image-30428″ src=”” alt=”” width=”1268″ height=”588″ /></p>
<p>However, the 66-year-old former skipper believes that it is now time for India to pay Pakistan a visit in return.</p>
<p>“Pakistan visited India in 2012 and even in 2016; now it’s the Indians’ turn to visit us,” stated Miandad.</p>
<p>“If I had to choose, I wouldn’t play a game in India, not even for the World Cup. Although India is always willing to play, they never do it in the same way.</p>
<p>“Cricket in Pakistan is larger…We continue to develop talented athletes. Therefore, I don’t believe it will matter to us whether we go to India or not,” he said.</p>
<p>The 50-over Asia Cup brought India to Pakistan for the last time in 2008. Due to ongoing geopolitical difficulties between the two countries, bilateral cricket relations have been stopped since that time.</p>
<p>Miandad thinks politics and sports shouldn’t be intermingled.</p>
<p>“I usually suggest that because one cannot pick their neighbours, it is best to live in harmony with one another. And I’ve always felt that cricket can end miscommunications and animosities between nations by bringing people together, the man remarked.</p>
<p>After Pakistan was compelled to host the 2018 Asia Cup using a hybrid format with India playing all of their matches in Sri Lanka, Miandad launched a new offensive.</p>
<p>Miandad, a strident opponent of India, didn’t like this choice.</p>
<p>“It is time we also take a strong stand now,” he added. “It was on the cards that they would again not send their team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup.”</p>

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