Shoaib Akhtar backs India’s claim to pull out of game against Pakistan in 2019 World Cup
Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistan pacer expressed his views on the recently happened pulwama blast and said that he stands by the statement of the Pakistan Prime Minister, but that the attack was totally unjustified.
Adressing to a channel , Akhtar said, “Should sports stay political? Not at all. So these differences set in matters of circumstances. We strongly condemn the loss of lives. But when it comes to our country, we are one nation, united and we will stand by our Prime Minister’s statement without having a second thought.”
“Honest reply? BCCI wants to play with Pakistan, the government says no. Had they played with Pakistan, Star Sports and BCCI would have earned the maximum revenue. The series would have a monetary value of 600 million dollars. Do you think they don’t? Of course, they want that. Now speaking on part of their argument, they want to play with Pakistan. But they have said that they have a board to run which falls under Supreme Court. That is their argument and that is logical,” said Akhtar.
Akhtar further stated that India has every right to pull out of proposed matches against Pakistan.
“They (India) have a right to pull out. Their country was attacked and hence the decision. You cannot argue on that” and concluded by saying “Our job is to talk about cricket and not about the political scene. When such things happen, try to create bridges as a cricketer. It is very important as players to talk about things that bring about unity rather than tensing the situation,” the right-arm fast bowler said.
On 14 February 2019, a convoy of vehicles carrying CRPF personnels on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a suicide bomber at Lethpora in the Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir, India. The attack resulted in the deaths of 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel and the attacker.
This deadly attack is done by pakistan backed JEM group member which resulted in tense between the two countries.
WHAT’S NEXT ?
World cup around the corner and india are scheduled to play Pakistan in group stage match on 16th June but with the recent situation of the cross-border terror the ties between the two nations became tensed and demands are raising from citizens and former cricketers of india to bycott all relations with the neighbor nation.
Now it is up to BCCI and ICC to decide on the appropriate course of action that would be in line with the current political situation.
Meanwhile, the matter of India deciding not to play against Pakistan in the world cup will be settled in a meeting scheduled on Friday, after consultations with Indian Sports Ministry, Home Ministry and the Ministry of External Affairs on grounds of the cricketing ties with Pakistan.