By Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: Whenever Pakistan and India have shared a cricket field, the atmosphere has always been electrifying and emotions would not be different during the upcoming Asia Cup encounter between the arch rivals this Sunday, however the legendry former Pakistan Captain, Javed Miandad has urged the players from either side to consider the encounter as game not war. The gutsy former batsman was also off the view that players’ conduct on the field could contribute to normalising the cricketing ties between the neighbouring nations.
“This will be a game and should be considered as the game not war. I know the atmosphere would be charged-up, but the players shouldn’t let the tension to cross the boundary and have an effect on bilateral ties”, said Miandad while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
Javed Miandad, who has played 124 Tests and 233 ODIs for Pakistan between 1975 and 1996, is widely known for his last-ball six against India in 1986 to win the Australasia Cup.
“We want our relations to flourish therefore the players should maintain the true spirit of the game by keeping in view the off-the-field aspect as well. Whatever happens on the field should be left on the field”, added Miandad who is currently the Director General of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Praising Sachin Tendulkar for achieving the outstanding 100th century milestone, the former great gave full marks to the little master for his attitude and commitment. “Maintaining the commitment and fitness level for 22 long years is an enormous achievement, it shows the class of a man. Although records are made to be broken but I believe this feat is there to stay forever”, said Miandad who played against Tendulkar in his first Test match at Karachi in 1989.
The writer is a sports journalist in Pakistan, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif