Rashid Latif Denies Allegations of Slapping Javed Miandad Amidst Controversy Unraveling from 1993 Tour: Report

Former Pakistan cricketer Pervez Jamal Mir has stirred controversy by alleging that Rashid Latif, another former cricketer, slapped Javed Miandad during Pakistan’s 1993 tour of West Indies.

Pervez, recounting the incident on a Pakistani television channel, claimed to have witnessed the altercation and sent a legal notice to Latif. In response, Latif vehemently denied the allegations, asserting that he never raised a hand against Miandad and branded Pervez’s claims as baseless and malicious.

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The episode came to light during a televised discussion on internal player rivalries, where Pervez shared his account of the incident that occurred in 1993. According to Pervez, he flew from London to Antigua due to an incident in Guyana involving two players, who had reportedly sold a story to a UK newspaper. Pervez alleged that he witnessed Latif slapping Miandad during a heated confrontation inside the dressing room in Antigua. He advised Miandad to let it go, attributing the incident to the high-pressure environment of professional cricket.

Latif responded to the allegations with a legal notice to Pervez, vehemently denying any physical altercation with Miandad. In the notice, Latif condemned Pervez’s claims as baseless, unfounded, and intended to tarnish his reputation. He demanded an unconditional apology and retraction of the allegation within 14 days, threatening legal action and damages amounting to Rs 1 Billion in case of non-compliance.

Miandad, a cricket legend in Pakistan, refuted the claims made by Pervez. He clarified that Latif is like a brother to him and has never insulted or disrespected him.

The incident resurfaces amidst the backdrop of the 1993 tour, which had its share of controversies. During that tour, four Pakistani cricketers, including Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, were arrested and charged for possessing marijuana in Guyana, further complicating Pakistan’s cricketing history.