Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has broken his silence on the aftermath of the Pulwama attack that has further deteriorated the cricketing ties between India and Pakistan.
In the wake of the Pulwama attack that claimed the lives of 44 CRPF personnels, Indian cricket fraternity is doing all it can to show solidarity with the nation. Consequently, the already poor bilateral relations with Pakistan has taken further blow. The bilateral relation between the two nation was already suspended. Both the teams had last played a bilateral series in 2012. Since then, India and Pakistan have only played in ICC tournaments and Asia Cup.
There are now calls to boycott Pakistan in the World Cup. On Friday, the BCCI gave a huge update on the matter. CoA chief Vinod Rai stated that the Indian Cricket Board has not made a decision yet on the matter. However, he stated that the BCCI would formally request the ICC to ask its members to “sever ties with nations” that harbour terrorists.
“We’ll write to ICC expressing our concerns about attacks that took place and that security of players, officials and everybody else must be taken care of. We’re telling cricketing community that in future we must sever ties with nations from where terror emanates,” he said.
Sarfraz, however, is not happy with the turn of events and expressed his disappointment over politics being involved in sports. He also said that the World Cup game between India and Pakistan should go ahead.
“The India and Pakistan match should be played as per schedule as there are millions of people who want to watch this game. I just don’t think cricket should be targeted for political gains,” Sarfaraz told CricketPakistan.com.pk. “It is disappointing to see cricket being targeted after the Pulwama incident. I don’t recall Pakistan ever mixing sports with politics. Sports should just be taken as sports.”
India are set to meet Pakistan in the World Cup on June 16 in Manchester.