Misbah saddened by incidents in India

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Misbah saddened by incidents in India
Misbah-ul-Haq during a Press conference in Dubai on Wednesday.

Published: Thu 22 Oct 2015, 8:23 PM

Misbah-ul-Haq has spoken of his disappointment that former Pakistan cricketers Shoaib Akhtar and Wasim Akram have been forced to leave India amid security concerns.
Akram and Akhtar are in the country as part of Star Sports' commentary team for the India-South Africa series, but both men will now return home as a precaution tomorrow (Friday) following Monday's anti-Pakistan protests by the regional political party Shiv Sena.
They'll now miss the fifth one-day international (ODI) in Mumbai on Sunday, when Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar will also be absent as the International Cricket Council (ICC) have with withdrawn the official with Shiv Sena threatening to stop him from umpiring in it.
The protesters stormed into the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) HQ in Mumbai ahead of a scheduled meeting between the national governing body and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
A long-awaited India-Pakistan series was set to be top of the agenda at that get-together, yet that now looks a dim and distant dream in the aftermath of Shiv Sena's actions a short while earlier. A group of 50 party activists ultimately managed to gain entry to the building and proceeded to shout anti-Pakistan chants and demand the cancellation of the current series. "It's always disappointing because I totally believe politics should be separated from cricket," the 41-year-old said ahead of the second Test match between Pakistan and England at Dubai International Stadium, which begins today (Thursday).
"It's a sport and we should just treat it as such. That shows the sporting spirit of a team and a nation. We simply all have to show a sportsman's spirit and just let the cricket go on. Otherwise, it could be really difficult for all of the countries playing this game.
"We (India and Pakistan) really face some problems in order to play against each other and it was also a disappointment when a problem occurred with the Bangladesh-Australia series and Australia didn't tour there. As cricketers, we want to play each other and we don't want any sort of politics involved in this sport."
That's absolutely imperative too if Pakistan are to participate in the next World Twenty20, which is set to take place in India next year. "When these sorts of things happen, they can really put something into your mind," Misbah added. "These are big concerns for any player because you don't want to restrict yourself to play here and not to play there. You really want to play everywhere and enjoy this game."
alex@khaleejtimes.com

By Alex Leach

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