With all the talks around the India-Pakistan World Cup tie snowballing, former Sunil Gavaskar has given his opinion on the issue and said that India can throw Pakistan out of the tournament but it will not. The World Cup tie is slated to take place on June 16 at Manchester. This is the scene following the Pulwama attack that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF jawans. The nation has been in shock and anger since and voices from the cricketing fraternity has also gone on to not support the tie. Harbhajan and Sourav had earlier said that India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup. Also Read - SA vs ENG 3rd T20I Match Report: Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler Set Record Partnership as England Beat South Africa to Complete 3-0 Whitewash
“They can try but it will not happen. It will not happen because the other member countries have to accept that. I can’t see other member countries accepting that. India can go ahead and try do that [stop Pakistan playing the World Cup],” Gavaskar told India Today. Also Read - MS Dhoni: Twitterverse Unites in Support of Former India Captain to Win ICC Spirit of Cricket Decade Award
“The right forum is at the United Nations. I am not too sure the International Cricket Conference is the right forum to bring this up. We are all down with the tragedy. I am not too sure it will work because the other countries might say it’s an internal issue between two countries so please don’t involve us,” he said. Also Read - Would Love India and Pakistan Bilateral Cricket to Return on Regular Basis: ICC Chairman
Meanwhile, COA will be meeting tomorrow to discuss the future course of action. Seeking advice from the Sports Ministry, MEA & Home Ministry. BCCI/COA will take a collective and responsible decision as to what steps can be taken in regards to cricket with Pak. No letter has been written to ICC yet.
“There is no indication that any World Cup match will not go ahead as planned. Sport, in particular cricket, has the wonderful ability to bring people together and unite communities. We will work with our members on that basis,” ICC CEO David Richardson was quoted as saying.