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Imran accuses India of double standard for scrapping tour

cricket Updated: Dec 18, 2008 22:39 IST
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Imran Khan on Thursday accused India of double standard behaviour by cancelling its proposed tour of Pakistan early next year while going out of the way to ensure that the English team return for the Test series after the Mumbai terror attacks.

"I feel Pakistan is hard done by the decision. It is double standard by India. It is not good for the two cricket boards and for the two countries," said the former Pakistan skipper reacting to Indian government's decision to cancel the tour today.

"I can understand the players are frightened and there is lots of anger in India. But this is not a wise decision by the Indian government.

"India should have come. It would have made a lot of difference. It would have sent a message that even after the tragic event in Mumbai the people and cricketers are not cowed down by the terrorists. That was the same reason England decided to return to India," he told NDTV. The World Cup winning captain rued that India called off the tour despite Pakistan Cricket Board was ready to bend backwards to assure foolproof security for the Indian team. "Yes, the situation could have been tense (if there was a tour). But providing security was the duty of the home board (PCB) and I can assure you that the terrorists would not have attacked the cricketers. If they do that the whole country (Pakistan) would condemned them, they cannot do that. "The PCB have been bending backwards and saying all along that they would provide foolproof security. But now since the tour has been cancelled there will be criticisms of double standard from this side on India. They will say England returned after Mumbai attacks while India did not tour Pakistan," he said.