Pakistan's humiliating exit from the ICC World Cup 2023 has not only disappointed Pakistani fans but has also stirred discontent within their cricket administration. Instead of introspection, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) took drastic measures, removing the captain and scapegoating the entire team.
Meanwhile, a few senior and retired Pakistani cricketers are grappling to comprehend the reasons behind Pakistan's World Cup elimination. In an attempt to divert attention from the team's shortcomings, they are resorting to conspiracy theories. For instance, they have also started blaming India accusing them of favouring their team over pitch.
Miandad's comments spark row
Javed Miandad, a former Pakistani captain raised eyebrows when an old video of him talking about the Ayodhya Ram Temple issue in a televised interview went viral on Friday. He sought to give it a religious spin by suggesting that Hindus visiting the grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya would somehow convert to Islam, claiming that the very foundation of the structure symbolizes Islam.
It is pertinent to mention that Ayodhya is currently witnessing the construction of Ram Mandir. It is scheduled for inauguration after the Pran Prathistha event. It is set to open its doors to the public in January 2024.
“Those Hindus visiting the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will come out as Muslims. It is our firmly held belief that our faith (Islam) will shine its light on those who visit places that are connected to our roots. Modi may have done wrong by getting the Ram Mandir built in Ayodhya, but it will work as a blessing in disguise for us. I have full faith in Allah that this will be the place from where Muslims will once again rise,” Miandad is heard saying in the video.
Notably, the former Pakistan captain's son Junaid has married Mahrukh, daughter of Dawood Ibrahim, the most wanted criminal in India and kingpin of the infamous D-company.
Ram Mandir to be inaugurated in January next
Notably, Miandad's video has garnered widespread attention on social media, just two months ahead of the scheduled Pran Pratishtha ceremony at the newly erected Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The consecration ceremony is slated for January 22 next year, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi participating in it. Invitations have been extended to distinguished sages, prominent personalities, and numerous devotees to attend the auspicious event.