Imran Khan says no to India tour

Imran Khan cited busy political commitments as a reason for not being able to accept PCB’s invite for Pakistan’s tour of India in December Getty Images

New Delhi: Dec 2, 2012

Legendary Pakistan captain Imran Khan has declined an invite from PCB to be a part of the team of former Pakistan cricketers, who will be the special invitees during the upcoming tour of India starting, December 25.

Imran, who is the supremo of political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has cited busy political commitments as a reason for not being able to accept Board’s invite. His cousin brother Majid Khan will also skip the series as both had their names in the original list.

“Imran Khan was contacted but he is so busy with his political commitments that he said it won’t be possible for him to watch the Indo-Pak series. Majid Khan is also not coming due to health issues. But the likes of Hanif Mohammed and Zaheer Abbas are certain to attend the matches,” PCB spokesperson Nadeem Sarwar told PTI during an interaction.

Sarwar also informed that another former skipper Javed Miandad, who is now the Director General (Cricket Operations) might come to watch a couple of matches.

“Since Miandad himself prepared the list, he didn’t include his name. But as one of the senior officials of the PCB, he can always come. Miandad is very keen and we are expecting that he turns up for some of the matches,” Sarwar stated.

The decision to invite legends, who made their debut in 1960s and 1970s as ‘Goodwill Ambassador’ was taken by PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf during an Executive meeting of the Board.

The former players who have confirmed participation include Hanif Mohammad, Zaheer Abbas, Wasim Bari, Intikhab Alam, Mushtaq Mohammad, Javed Burki, Sadiq Mohammad and Imtiaz Ahmad.