Indian badminton legend Prakash Padukone has opined that sports should not be mixed politics and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 battle between India and Pakistan should go ahead as per schedule.
India National Cricket Team is placed in the Group 2 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 alongside Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan. The Men In Blue will commence their Super12s journey with a battle against arch-rivals Pakistan on 24 October at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Prakash Padukone on the sidelines of an event at the National Sports Club of India said:
“I personally feel sports should not be mixed with politics and it should go ahead. That is my personal opinion. Whether it happens or not, I am no authority, I am nobody to comment,”
Padukone further added that the match should go ahead and the upcoming T20 World Cup match is no different than the other India-Pakistan games. He stated:
“But if you ask my personal opinion, I think the match should go ahead, they have played in the past, so many times, so this is no different,”
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Wanted The India-Pakistan ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Match To Be Cancelled
MLA Atishi of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is in government in Delhi, has stated that the India-Pakistan match should be called off because of the recent killing of civilians by terrorists in Kashmir. She believes no cricket games should happen between the countries “until Pakistan stops sponsoring terror attacks in India territory”.
“I am sure that not only the AAP but even the BJP and its leadership as well as the prime minister will agree that until Pakistan stops sponsoring terror attacks in India territory, there should not be any cricket match between India and Pakistan,” she said in a press conference in Delhi.
Meanwhile, Rajeev Shukla, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Vice President has clearly mentioned that the India-Pakistan match cannot be cancelled as it comes under ICC’s international commitments and a team can’t refuse to play against anyone.