Not featuring Imran Khan, Pakistan’s only World Cup winning captain, in the commemorative video of the historic feat is an example of ‘petty politics’ by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), says former skipper Aamir Sohail.
The board released a video on March 25 paying tribute to the Pakistan’s cricket stars of 1992 for bringing home the World Cup trophy, but the commemoration lacked acknowledgment for one of the key members of the then team – skipper Khan whose leadership was instrumental in taking Pakistan to the WC triumph.
The video released by the PCB was well received among fans on the social media, but it came as a bit surprise for viewers as it featured some of the 1992 team members but Imran.
Surprisingly the video also didn’t feature Javed Miandad and Aamir Sohail.
“One can only describe not including Imran Khan’s message for the commemorative video by the PCB as a crude example of petty politics,” Sohail wrote for Pakpassion.net.
Khan, who is also a politician and the leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), is a bitter rival of the country’s ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN).
The PCB’s administration is appointed by the government and it would not have gone against the bosses ruling the country, believed Sohail.
“We all know about the political affiliations of the top brass of the country’s cricket administrators so this wasn’t that big a surprise,” he said.
“What they have demonstrated is their narrow-mindedness and nothing more,” added the former opener.
Sohail, however, believed PCB’s attempt won’t take away from him or Miandad the honour they deserve as World Cup winner’s for Pakistan.
“But they have to realise that nothing they can do can take away the honour from Imran Khan or Javed Miandad or even Aamir Sohail. We were all part of that team that won the trophy,” wrote the 50-year-old.
“They need to understand that history cannot be changed and it is the PCB that will come out of this looking shallow in their outlook from this episode.”