Miandad's Anger

The Times reports

On whether betting fixes had played a part in Pakistan’s performance, he was dismissive. “I don’t think so,” he said. “Look at their performances before the World Cup — they were so bad. You could see this coming. Team morale was so down, players were out of form. What could you expect? India lost, but when you lose, people on the outside start talking and yet no one knows the truth.”

And on the subject of (Dawood) Ibrahim, he became angry. “If they make me coach, let the thing come,” he said. “But don’t drag anything else into it. If my son is married, that doesn’t matter to the job. He married who he married. My son’s done what he has done. And it’s nothing to do with anything else. I have been the coach before and I’ve done what I have done. My ability is as you see. Forget about this whole thing.”

Does he have a point? Other people seem to get it. Even Imran Khan, now a politician trading on the “justice” ticket, merely raises his eyes to the heavens at the Ibrahim connection, as if Miandad was an incorrigible schoolboy.

Are we supposed to believe it is too PC to penalise a man simply because he is connected so closely to a suspected terrorist? Maybe the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should start by asking Miandad to tell the police where his son’s father-in-law can be found. Or maybe that is naive. But these are dilemmas for the PCB if Miandad is to be seen as the man to clean up their act.

In June 2005, Times of India reported:

Miandad has been quoted as saying that he is hardly anxious to visit India (in case the government decides to deny him a visa for his new-found relationship with Dawood) and he is even less interested in how the Indian government and the media portray Dawood.

He has also been quoted as saying that his wife has a 'sisterly' relationship with Dawood Ibrahim's wife and Dawood's wife is his 'mother's relative'.

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