Former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad stoked controversy accusing Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team of ‘fulfilling political means’ via cricket. India sported army caps during the third ODI against Australia in Ranchi on March 8 earlier this year.
Team India wore the caps in respect to pay tribute to the CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the Pulwama terrorist attack.
Expressing their displeasure over it, Pakistan lodged an official complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take action against India for mixing politics with sports. However, the international cricket body rejected PCB’s request and stated that India had sought permission for it and was given the thumbs up to wear the army caps.
Recently, the 62-year-old Miandad was spotted wearing an army cap during the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Rawalpindi, which marked the return of Test cricket to Pakistan after 10 years.
Miandad and former Sri Lanka cricketer Bandula Warnapura were invited as special guests for the first Test.
When asked why he wore an army cap, Miandad was quoted by Ary Sports as saying: “I wore an army cap just to show love for my army, and nothing else. I wanted to be a soldier and I used to wear such caps often during my childhood.
“Virat Kohli and the Indian team wore army caps for fulfilling political means but I didn’t,” the former Pakistan skipper further added
This is not the first time Miandad has made controversial remarks against India. He had previously commented on abrogation of Article 370 A from Jammu and Kashmir. He asked the Kashmiris to pick up arms and retaliate against the government.
Miandad also called the Narendra Modi-led Indian government a ‘coward’ and said that Pakistan has not kept a nuclear arsenal for the show but to deploy on India. “Hume mauka chahiye aur hum saaf kar denge (we just need a chance, we will wipe out India)” he told the media.