Lahore: Former Pakistan captain and wicket keeper Rashid Latif has said that cricket teams around the world tour India not because of the sound security provisions, but because of the lure of money offered to them.
“The money India is putting into cricket nowadays no one can dare to refuse that. It is greed and nothing else," Latif said as reported by The International News.
“India remains safe in the eyes of international cricketers despite terror strikes in Mumbai not because of good security but the money-making opportunities it offers to them,"Latif claimed.
“The double standards of teams like Australia have been exposed now as while they had avoided playing in Pakistan for the past 10 years, they are ready to play in India," he said.
“I think (Australian captain Ricky) Ponting should be honest enough to say that the cricket world needs to express solidarity with India because of its huge commercial market for cricket, it has nothing to do with the security situation," Latif said.
“Anything can happen anywhere and when teams can accept security assurances from Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and the Government, why can"t they do the same when Pakistan urges them to tour?" the former Pak captain asked.