On Wednesday, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has expressed that India should cut off all sporting ties with Pakistan as the aftermath of the cowardly terrorist attack in Pulwama where more than 40 CRPF soldiers had to lose their lives. His words were similar to his former teammate Harbhajan Singh, saying that not playing Pakistan in one group league tie in the upcoming World Cup will not affect India’s chances.
However, Ganguly didn’t elaborate whether the protest should be symbolic for one match or India should forfeit if they happen to meet Pakistan in semi-final or final.
During a chat on India TV, Ganguly said, “This is a 10-team World Cup and each team plays matches against every other team and I feel if India doesn’t play a match in the World Cup, it won’t be an issue. I feel it will be really difficult for ICC to go on with a World Cup without India. But, you also have to see if India has the power to stop ICC from doing such a thing. But, personally, I feel a strong message should be sent.”
Ganguly said India should cut off all ties with the neighboring country.
Former Indian skipper further elaborated, “And, whatever reactions came from the people of India…was right. There is no chance of a bilateral series with Pakistan after this incident. I agree that after this attack, India should not only stop playing cricket, hockey or football with Pakistan but should cut all ties with them.”
However, some of the recent reports have also suggested that the BCCI is plannings tow write a letter to the ICC stating that either Pakistan should be banned from the upcoming World Cup, or the Indian team will not be participating in the mega event.