India vs Pakistan World Cup Debate: So, will the World Cup fixture go ahead as scheduled? In the wake of the Pulwama attacks which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF jawans shook the nation and the chorus that the WC tie should be canceled started doing the rounds. According to TV reports, PCB will hold talks with BCCI in Dubai during the ICC meeting and discuss this issue there. It was the PCB which had earlier said that politics and sports should be separate, but in the current scenario that is not how Indians want things to pan out.
Harbhajan on Monday had called for India to boycott the World Cup match against Pakistan this year to register protest for the Pulwama attacks.
“India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup. India are powerful enough to win the World Cup without having to play Pakistan,” Harbhajan Singh had told Aaj Tak.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Managing Director Wasim Khan said in a statement that cricket has always played a key role in building bridges between people and countries. He also expressed “extreme” disappointment over the removal of posters of Pakistan Prime Minister and World Cup-winning skipper Imran Khan in the Cricket Club of India, Mumbai, and elsewhere and IMG Reliance pulling out of the deal to produce and broadcast PSL 2019 in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attacks.
“Unfortunately, denying India cricket fans the right to follow HBL PSL by blocking all digital coverage as well as covering or removing the portrait of former Pakistan cricket captain and Prime Minister Imran Khan and other legendary cricketers from one of the most historic cricket clubs and venues are highly regrettable actions.
“The PCB has also noted the recent turn of events and expresses its extreme disappointment as we have always believed and emphasised that sports and politics should be kept separate. History tells us that sports, particularly cricket, have always played a key role in building bridges between people and countries.” Wasim said in a statement.