A rational argument suggests that fields such as sports, art, and culture be kept above politics. However, incidents such as the recent terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama are bound to be shaking the nation to its core, causing outrage in every sphere. A complete ban on Pakistani artistes has been announced by All India Cine Workers' Association. And now, the aftermath might impact India's cricketing relationship with Pakistan as well, hints politician and IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla.
The Cricket Club of India, located in Mumbai, covered a portrait of former Pakistani cricketer and Pakistan's present Prime Minister Imran Khan as a gesture of protest. Earlier, India had withdrawn the Most Favoured Nation status it had given to Pakistan, which was granted way back in 1995. “Whatever is happening, Imran Khan’s portrait being removed or MFN status revoked is people’s outrage and the reaction is justified,” Shukla told Times Now.
“I’ve always said the sport is above politics but now it will hamper sporting ties too, not until Pakistan sponsored terrorism is stopped," he said. Are there chances of India boycotting Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup 2019? Shukla says they'll wait for the Government to decide. “Cannot say now whether we will play Pakistan in the World Cup as it’s too far but our policy and position is very clear, we will wait for the government’s decision," he added.
India and Pakistan last locked horns at the 22 yards during the 2018 Asia Cup. While an India-Pakistan match always gives fans that extra adrenaline rush, we have to wait and find out if it will be a reality during WC 2019.