19 Dec 2008

Imran criticises India's decision to cancel tour

12:14 pm on 19 December 2008

Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan has criticised India's decision to cancel next month's tour to Pakistan.

Indian cricket authorities cancelled the tour after the government refused permission following the attacks in Mumbai which killed at least 179 people.

The Indian team had been due to play three tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 game.

Improving ties between the two neighbours suddenly dipped when India blamed Islamist militants based in Pakistan for the attacks.

Imran Khan, who now heads his own political party Tehreek-e-Insaaf (Movement for Justice), said the move would not help build up trust between the two countries, and it was a wrong decision by India.

He said India should have applied the same criteria as they did when they asked England to return to their country after the Mumbai attacks.