India has never really helped Pak cricket at crunch moments:Miandad

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Lahore, Feb 27(UNI) Two former captains Javed Miandad and Moin Khan have taken the Indian cricket board to task for turning down the PCB's offer to play a three-ODI series in Pakistan.

They also blamed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for blindly towing the BCCI's line on various issues including the controversial Indian Cricket League (ICL) and Indian Premier League (IPL) standoff.

''If the Indians wanted to help us out they could have come for a week. They could have even rested some of their main players and tried out some of the players who have not been picked in the squad for the series in Australia,'' Miandad said and alleged that ''India has never really helped Pakistan cricket at crunch moments''.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sharad Pawar had said on Sunday that players need a break and rest for at least ten days before their home series against South Africa.

However, Miandad was of the view that India could have sent a new look team as they have enough bench strength.

He also questioned the PCB decision to ban players who had signed up for the ICL.

''The ICL is an issue which hurts the Indian board and I don't understand why PCB should be taking sides in their domestic problems.'' Moin also criticised the PCB for making an announcement about the Indian series even before it was confirmed. ''I don't understand why the board made the announcement about the proposal before it was confirmed. It also sent out a wrong message to the Australians.'' ''If the BCCI s wanted to repay Pakistan for the support they have got on the ICL issue this was the time to do it. Unfortunately, they backed out and it is a good lesson for our cricket officials not to follow the Indians blindly and look at our own interests.'' UNI XC HSB AB DS1410

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