Indian cricketer and UP Cabinet Minister Chetan Chauhan has asked the Indian Government and the BCCI to be careful when taking the decision on the India-Pakistan cricket match at the 2019 ICC World Cup.
In the wake of the Pulwama attackt, the calls to boycott the game Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup is gathering steam with every passing moment. While the Indian public has been hell bent to see the BCCI take the decision and boycott Pakistan, several big names from the cricketing fraternity have also joined in.
Over 40 Indian paramilitary troops were martyred in the attack when a suicide bomber from the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus in Pulwama district on Thursday.
India are set to lock horns against their arch-rivals on June 16 in Manchester. However, with the public demanding the boycott of the game, there are huge doubts over whether the game will go ahead. But contrary to the popular view, Chetan Chauhan reasoned that if India don’t play Pakistan, it might hurt the team’s chances in the showpiece event. In case, India boycott the game, they are likely to forfeit points and face sanctions.
“Not participating in global tournaments is not easy as every tournament has its rules and many participating nations. If we pull out, we may have to face consequences, could be fined or banned, I think Government and BCCI will consider this,” Chauhan told ANI.
Meanwhile, veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that India should not play against Pakistan in the tournament. He also said that India are strong enough to progress to the next stage without playing against their arch-rivals.
“India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup. India are powerful enough to win the World Cup without having to play Pakistan,” Harbhajan Singh told Aaj Tak.
“This is a difficult time. The attack that has happened, it was unbelievable and it’s very wrong. Strict action will surely be taken by the government. When it comes to cricket, I don’t think we should have any relations with them otherwise they will keep treating us like this,” he added.