'PCB calls Australians 'lily-livered cowards'
A senior PCB official accuses Cricket Australia of "double standards" as it uses one set of rules when it comes to poor Pakistan and another when it comes to India and the rich pickings to be made from the BCCI and IPL.Updated: Sep 17, 2008 11:47 IST
Pakistan's anger over Australia's decision to proceed with its Indian tour despite the serial blasts in New Delhi were so seething that a PCB official called the Aussies "lily-livered cowards", according to a report.
"To talk simply of double-standards would be to understate what we feel. My personal view is that your people are a bunch of lily-livered cowards," a senior PCB official was quoted as saying by The Australian.
"You use one set of rules when it comes to poor Pakistan and another when it comes to India and the rich pickings to be made from the Board of Control for Cricket in India and playing in the Indian Premier League," he fumed.
PCB Chief Operating Officer Shafqat Naghmi had also accused Cricket Australia of "double standards" by deciding to proceed with the India tour while cancelling their Test tour to Pakistan early this year and objecting to Champions Trophy due to security reasons in Pakistan.
"I think if Australia tour India it will only highlight their double standards on security issues," Naghmi had said.
But Cricket Australia and Australian Cricketers' Association rubbished such accusations, saying the security situation in India and Pakistan were different.