<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Javed Miandad says he should have been treated as a sportsman by India" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130105202351.jpg" title="Javed Miandad says he should have been treated as a sportsman by India" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Javed Miandad said that being related to Dawood Ibrahim does not mean anything © Getty Images</p> </div> </div> <strong>New Delhi: Jan 5, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> A day after calling off his visit to the capital in the wake of a controversy over the Indian government giving him visa, former Pakistan captain <a href="/tags/Javed-Miandad/post" target="_blank">Javed Miandad</a> said that he should be seen just as a sportsman and not as a relative of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.<br /> <br /> Miandad, who was to watch the third and final ODI in Delhi tomorrow, cancelled his visit to avoid further controversy.<br /> <br /> "I should be seen just as a cricketer, a sportsperson.<br /> <br /> Being related to somebody does not mean anything. What is the problem in me getting a visa (to be in India)?" Miandad asked.<br /> <br /> "I am busy in <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan</a> and the thing is that Pakistan has won the series. All of his (Dawood's) family are in India, their brothers and sisters are in <a href="/tags/India/post" target="_blank">India</a>. I don't know why they were targetting me. May be because I am popular," said the former captain.<br /> <br /> Miandad, however, felt that cricket ties between India and Pakistan should continue.<br /> <br /> "I have played cricket, have worked for <a href="/tags/PCB/post" target="_blank">PCB</a> and I want good relations between India and Pakistan. I want cricket ties to continue between India and Pakistan," he told <em>CNN-IBN</em>.<br /> <br /> Ever since news came out that Miandad, whose son Junaid is married to Dawood's daughter Mahrukh since 2005, a controversy broke out in India over the government giving him visa for the visit.<br /> <br /> The Indian government, however, justified the decision saying Miandad was not on the 'negative list' of those not to be given visas.<br /> <br /> The BJP and Shiv Sena had lashed out at the government for granting visa to Miandad, asking how allowing a person related to Dawood would help improve bilateral ties.