New Delhi: When Union External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid defended the Centre's decision to grant visa to former Pakistan cricket captain Javed Miandad to watch the ODI series against India in January this year, little did anyone realize there was a passionate cricket fan working behind one of India's most affable and senior politicians.
The government had drawn flak for granting visa to Miandad to watch the ODI series as he had family ties with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who is wanted in India in connection with the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case. Miandad's son Junaid is married to Dawood's daughter Mahrukh.
Khurshid had then said: "Miandad is one of the greatest cricketers and visa was granted to him as per the norms." Wednesday evening at Jamia Millia Islamia saw Khurshid, the cricket lover.