Karachi: The World Cup bound Pakistan team has been told to strictly avoid any discussions on religion, politics or Indo-Pak relations not only during their opening match against India but also in the other games of the quadrennial mega-event.
A senior official in the board said Chairman Shaharyar Khan in a meeting with the players had made it very clear that no sort of indiscipline or violation of the code of conduct would be tolerated in the World Cup.
“Shaharyar made it clear that the players must not speak on religious, political or Indo-Pak relations during interactions with the media and also avoid these issues even in banter on the field,” the official said.
No more controversy, please
He said the caution was given in light of the unwanted controversy that developed last year when a video was uploaded on a video sharing website showing Pakistani batsman, Ahmed Shehzad talking about religion to Sri Lanka’s Tillekaratne Dilshan when the two of them were coming out of the field.
“The PCB chief said that before the match with India even during media conferences or interactions if anyone put questions relating to religion or Indo-Pak political ties the players must decline to answer,” he said.