Javed Miandad cancels India trip after controversy

The former Pakistani cricketer, Javed Miandad, whose son is married to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s daughter, on Friday announced that he cancels his trip to India due to high controversy.

Earlier, Javed Miandad was expected to come to India to watch the third and final ODI between India and Pakistan in New Delhi. The declaration was made by PCB officials today.

The PCB statement said that Miandad do not want to move away the focus from cricket to other matters.

Meanwhile, his son, Junaid married Dawood Ibrahim’s daughter Mahrukh in Dubai in 2009 and controversy was heated in India over government giving him visa for the visit.

Clarification from Indian government, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday said that there are four categories of people who have been granted visas.

He said, “People who have return ticket and want to watch the match. People who are players. People who are on (Pakistan Cricket) Board.”

On Thursday, he said, “It’s a decision that has been taken by the Home Ministry. And I am sure they would have taken inputs from all concerned agencies and from our mission in Pakistan. I am sure they would have followed all procedures.”

Minister of State for Home R P N Singh had said, “He is a well known cricketer. His visa application papers were in order and valid and that is why the government has decided to give him visa.”

Earlier, Javed Miandad has granted visa to watch the India vs Pakistan World Cup 2011 semi-finals, but he cancelled his trip due to some personal issues.

Moreover, the PCB has not added Javed Miandad’s name in former captains and greats it had prepared for a felicitation in Kolkata during the second ODI on Thursday.

The list includes Intikhab Alam, Imtiaz Ahmed, Hanif Muhammad, Wasim Bari and Sadiq Muhammad.

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