ISLAMABAD - Legendary batsman Javed Miandad believes that Pakistan should not participate in the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in India next year in protest against the Indian government which did not give a ‘go ahead’ to the much-awaited Pakistan-India series.

It is added here that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that the series will be called off if the Indian government does not give its approval in the next couple of days. The PCB would wait for a day or two before shelving plans for the series which is planned to be held this month in Sri Lanka. Miandad said the national team should not participate in the T20 World Cup as the security situation was not better in India for Pakistanis and in order to protest against them for not playing a series with Pakistan. "The Indian government is lingering on to the issue which is not the way to treat things," he said.

He said if they didn’t want to play against Pakistan then why the Pakistan team should go to participate in the World Cup in their country. "We should give them a tit for tat reply," he said.

He said the whole world knew how Pakistani players and others were treated in India last month. "The Hindu fanatic organisation Shiv Sena's agitation against Pakistani players, artists and officials such as against PCB chairman himself is known to everybody," he said adding therefore boycotting the T20 WC would be a wise decision.

It may be added that the PCB had contacted the mediator England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke to get a final decision over Pak-India series. The PCB had asked Clarke to get a clear answer from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over series and let them know about its final decision. Meanwhile, Clarke, on the other side, had requested the PCB to let him know their decision before announcing any final decision about the series.

INDIA NOT INTERESTED TO PLAY PAKISTAN: MIANDAD: Pakistan's former Test captain and great Javed Miandad Thursday said he had no doubt that neither the Indian government nor Indian Cricket board were interested in playing Pakistan. "They are just using delaying tactics. How can any country tell a host country where it should host its matches? I don't see any benefit for us if we agree to play a hurriedly-arranged series, we need to realise that the self-respect of Pakistan cricket is paramount above every other consideration."

Miandad, who toured India as a player and coach several times, recalled that whenever the Pakistan team went to India or the Indians came to Pakistan it was because of their government wanted this to happen. "I remember, in 1999, we went there despite strong opposition from some of their parties but their government wanted us to tour so the series went ahead in tense circumstances. This time, their government does not want us to play so the series will not happen," he added.