Javed Miandad © Getty Images
Javed Miandad © Getty Images

Javed Miandad has advised Pakistan to forget playing India and focus on the other cricketing issues. In a function at Karachi, Miandad said to the media there was no need for the PCB to ‘beg’ the BCCI for bilateral matches.”They (India) don’t want to play with us so be it. Our cricket will not die if we don’t play with India. We should move on and forget about them.”

India and Pakistan have last played in Champions Trophy final where the latter prevailed to win the title. The two countries last played a bilateral series 2012.

“They haven’t played against us since the last 10 years, so what? Has our cricket gone down? No we have done well. The Champions Trophy win is an example. Cricket cannot die in Pakistan. We have also survived without international cricket at home since 2009,” he pointed out.

Miandad also advised PCB to focus more on financial matters.

“Today the PCB is financially stable but there is a need for proper accountability of where the money that comes from the ICC is spent. There is a need to reduce the administrative expenses of the board and get rid this army of advisers, consultants and employees.

“The PCB can easily function without paying such heavy salaries to an oversized staff,” he said.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has filed a compensation claim of USD 70 million against BCCI before the ICC for not honouring a bilateral cricket series agreement. PCB has also questioned the BCCI’s proposed FTP structure for the 2019-2023 cycle, which does not feature Indo-Pak bilateral series.

India have also not kept Pakistan amongst its six proposed opponents for the World Test Championship beginning in 2019.