New Delhi: Ahead of the BCCI-CoA (Committe of Administrators) scheduled meet to decided on India’s World Cup fixture against Pakistan, senior Congress leader Shashi Taroor on Friday said that to forfeit the match this year would be worse than surrender. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Tharoor recalled 1999 world cup match when India put aside Kargil war and had played against Pakistan and had defeated the neighbouring country. Also Read - Shashi Tharoor is Gearing up For Onam Celebrations And Malayali Face Mask is Part of Outfit
“At the height of the 1999 Kargil War, India played Pakistan in the cricket World Cup, and won. To forfeit the match this year would not just cost two points: it would be worse than surrender, since it would be defeat without a fight,” tweeted the Thiruvananthpuram MP. Also Read - 'Never Heard Any Head of State Talk Like This,' Says Shashi Tharoor on Trump's 'Retaliation' Threat
Earlier on Thursday, many former and present cricketers, including Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Chetan Chauhan and Harbhajan Singh unequivocally condemned the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF jawans on February 14 but said that pulling out of the clash against the green brigade will only result in India losing out vital points. Also Read - 'Suspending MPLADS Will Cause Delays in Devolution of Funds,' Shashi Tharoor Writes to PM Modi
Meanwhile, the subject of playing Pakistan in the ICC World Cup is likely to top the agenda when the two-member Supreme Court appointed BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) meet later in the day today.
Earlier on Wednesday, the CoA had reportedly directed the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to write a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ban Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men from the World Cup, a ploy which could backfire as the other participants may not support India’s call.
Even if the BCCI opts to write to the ICC on Pakistan’s removal from the World Cup, the Indian board, apparently the richest cricket governing body in the world, will have to find a consensus in the upcoming Annual Board Meeting in April. With India no longer enjoying a majority on the ICC board, the ploy could only boomerang and raise serious concerns over the country’s hosting rights for the 2021 Champions Trophy and the 2023 World Cup.
While Friday’s meeting between CoA members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji was earlier projected as a routine one to discuss the issue of multiple bodies claiming to be representatives of Uttarakhand, but going by public sentiments the subject of playing Pakistan will likely cast a shadow on the other topics. The BCCI is also expected to take up the matter at the upcoming ICC meeting from February 27-March 2.
(With agency inputs)