Javed Miandad, Imran Khan to skip historic Pakistan vs World XI T20 cricket
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Javed Miandad, Imran Khan to skip historic Pakistan vs World XI T20 cricket

Javed Miandad and Imran Khan, both legendary cricketers of Pakistan, will not witness the ICC World XI in action in Lahore tonight.

cricket Updated: Sep 12, 2017 11:50 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Imran Khan, Pakistan's former cricket captain turned politician, will not attend Tuesday’s Pakistan vs World XI T20 cricket match in Lahore. Another captain Javed Miandad will also skip the historic match. (AFP)

Former Pakistan captains Javed Miandad and Imran Khan have turned down invitations from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for attending the series between Pakistan and ICC World XI, which marks the return of international cricket to the country.

The PCB may have worked tirelessly to ensure the series between an ICC World XI consisting several current international cricketers — captained by South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis — and Pakistan takes place in the country, but the two former cricketers are not amused.

On his part, Javed Miandad is not happy with the way PCB invited him as he felt the board did not show him enough respect while sending out the invite. On the other hand, Imran Khan, who has been a ‘staunch critic’ of the PCB chief Najam Sethi, left for London before the start of the series and will return to Pakistan only when the three matches are over.

The report added that Imran Khan has been a critic of Sethi when he was caretaker chief minister of the state of Punjab when the last general elections were held. Sethi, in a press conference, had announced that invitations have been sent to 17 former Pakistan captains including Imran and Miandad.

According to PTI, Imran Khan left for London before the ICC World XI team arrived in Pakistan on Monday morning amid tightest of security measures.

Javed Miandad and Imran Khan captained Pakistan in 34 and 48 Tests, respectively, and won 14 each. Imran is credited for transforming Pakistan into a world-beating unit that went on to win the Cricket World Cup in 1992.

The Pakistani national team will take on the ICC World XI in a three-match T20 series starting Tuesday, with all matches to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The first match will be played on September 12 evening, the second on September 13 and the conclusion of the series will be on September 15.

Former Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal, who played a key role in many of Pakistan’s victories not long ago, had also complained on a TV news channel that he had not received any invite.

The ICC World XI team is coached by former Zimbabwe cricketer and England coach Andy Flower, and consists players from countries such as South Africa, England, Australia, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Pakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf , Hasan Ali, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Usman Khan, Sohail Khan.

World XI: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Grant Elliott, Tamim Iqbal, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Imran Tahir.

First Published: Sep 12, 2017 10:36 IST