|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
January 4, 2013
Javed Miandad, the former Pakistan batsman, has cancelled a planned visit to India following a controversy over his being granted a travel visa. Miandad's son Junaid is married to the daughter of Dawood Ibrahim, India's most highly-wanted fugitive accused of planning the serial bomb blasts in Mumbai in 1993. The Indian government's decision to grant Miandad a visa had sparked outrage in some circles in India given his links to Dawood.
Miandad was due to visit India to watch the third ODI between India and Pakistan in Delhi on Sunday. The government said Miandad's visa application papers were valid and in order, and had decided to grant him a visa as he was not on a "negative list" of people who were to be denied entry into India.
"It's a decision that has been taken by the Home Ministry," India's External Affairs minister Salman Khurshid said. "And I am sure they would have taken inputs from all concerned agencies and from our mission in Pakistan... they would have followed all procedures."
However, the main opposition party BJP, and the Shiv Sena, its ally in the state of Maharashtra, criticised the government for granting him a visa.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The BCCI set up a three-man committee to tackle the problem of chucking at age-group and domestic cricket, and it has produced significant results in five years
The board's latest standoff with its players has had embarrassing consequences internationally, so any resolution now needs to be approached thoughtfully
What Australia have not done since returning a fractured unit from India is head back to Asia to play an Asian team. Two of their major weaknesses - handling spin and reverse swing - will be tested in the UAE by Pakistan
Stats highlights from the fourth ODI between India and West Indies in Dharamsala
The WICB statement should cool down emotions and allow all parties involved to take the next step forward
Players demanding that home pitches should be prepared to favour them don't realise it's a retaliatory business
ESPNcricinfo runs the rule over the preparation of all 16 Australia players ahead of the first Test, which starts in Dubai on Wednesday