With a ICC Cricket World Cup arriving soon. There’s are question about the match that will be played between India and Pakistan. There are number of opinions with solutions that are arriving but there is a huge number of tickets that are sold for the epic encounter between India and Pakistan.
India stand to lose by boycotting Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup, feels former captain Sunil Gavaskar, who said the country can continue to “hurt them” by shunning bilateral ties.
Led by former India spinner Harbhajan Singh, calls for a complete cricketing boycott against Pakistan has grown ever since the terror attack in Pulwama last week killed more than 40 CRPF personnel. India are scheduled to play Pakistan on June 16 during the World Cup.
“Where does it hurt Pakistan? It hurts them when they don’t play a bilateral series against India. In a multi-country event, it’s only Indian cricket team that’s going to lose by not playing against them. The entire matter needs to be looked at with a little more depth, I can understand emotions are running high.
“But what happens when you don’t play them? I know India are strong enough side to qualify even after conceding those two points but why not beat them and make sure they don’t qualify,” argued Gavaskar.
If the BCCI takes the matter to the ICC, as is being speculated, and seeks Pakistan’s ouster from the event starting from May 30 in England, it is more likely to lose, he said.
“I know many Indian and Pakistani cricketers are friends. You (Imran) are my friend, Wasim (Akram) is my friend, Ramiz (Raja) is my friend, Shoaib (Akhtar) is my friend. We have such a good time when we meet in India or outside and I think the people of the two countries deserve that good time.
“So you take that first step. Let the Naya Pakistan take this big first step and you will see India taking a number of steps. The love and affection that Imran gets in India is unbelievable.
“He has spent a lot of time in the country. He knows the Indian people better than any other Pakistani and I do believe that he is capable of taking these steps,” said Gavaskar.
(Source : TOI)