Pakistan cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq has voiced his disappointment over the recent unrest created at the Board of Control for Cricket in India headquarters by some political activists.
Ahead of a meeting, a group of around fifty workers of a local political party Shiv Sena stormed the Mumbai office on Monday where the heads of the BCCI and PCB, Shashank Manohar and Sheharyar Khan, were set to meet to discuss the modalities for a bilateral series between India and Pakistan.
Following the commotion, the meeting was called off and the proposal for the series was also shelved.
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Such unrest and the fragile security condition which ensued also sprung the ICC into action, as it withdrew Aleem Dar from the remaining two One Day Internationals.
While it is expected both boards will put their heads together to work out a formula for the ongoing security crisis, Misbah believes that separating politics from sports is the only lasting solution to this problem.
The veteran batsman insisted matters unlinked to cricket should not have a bearing on the game’s activities and the series' plans prepared by the relevant boards.
Misbah said, as reported by cricinfo.com: “It's always disappointing. It's not just about India-Pakistan; wherever it happens it is disappointing.
Sport and politics shouldn't mix
“I believe politics should be separate from sports. Otherwise, it's really difficult for all nations that are playing the game and we all should play each other.
"When Australia didn't tour Bangladesh recently that was disappointing as well. As cricketers, we want to play each other, and we don't want any sort of politics involved in this sport."
The prevailing situation has stimulated apprehension in the Pakistani cricketing circles, with there being suggestions from certain quarters for the team to pull out from the World T20; stipulated to kick-start from March 2016 in India.
Misbah hopeful Pakistan won't withdraw
Pakistan are ranked second in the ICC T20 world rankings, having lifted the trophy during 2009 in England. Their absence would take significant sheen off the event, as the men in green have undoubtedly been the most successful team in the competition’s history.
Although Misbah expressed hope that it won’t come down to that, he revealed the current scenario has triggered sufficient doubt in some minds.
“These are the big concerns.” Misbah continued. "Obviously when these sort of things happen, that really puts something in your mind. I don't know what is going to happen, but obviously these are the big concerns.
"You don't want to restrict yourself not to play here and there. We really want to play everywhere and enjoy the game.”