Karachi: Ex-chairman of International Cricket Council Ehsan Mani has criticized the comments made by BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board to make ICC strip India of hosting future ICC events.
According to Press Trust of India Ehsan Mani was clearly not pleased with the statements made by Anurag Thakur and reiterated the fact that in what capacity does Thakur makes these statements. He added that India should keep cricket and politics aside and ICC must take notice of such statements.
“The Indian Cricket Board President, with his immature and inflammatory statements, has given an opening to Pakistan to plead its case more effectively at the ICC meeting,” he said.
“Anurag Thakur is a politician and member of parliament of the ruling party and the ICC must ask him to explain in what capacity does he give his statements on Pakistan or any other cricket issue,” Mani said.
“They must ask him to explain his position since the ICC constitution clearly forbade any of its own officials or those of member countries to make statements that bring the game into disrepute and that is what Thakur has done in his statements,” the former ICC chief said.
India has also refused to play against Pakistan in ICC events and has asked the ICC to make sure that both nations are not slotted in the same group. This policy of BCCI has also not gone down well with Ehsan Mani.
“Now India is talking about not playing us in group stages of ICC events. The truth is that the ICC earns a lot from these Indo-Pak matches in its tournaments and India takes home the lions share under the big three governance formula. Yet they don’t want to have bilateral cricket ties with us.”