The heinous Pulwama terror attack that was carried out by a Pakistan-based terror organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad has created a nationwide uproar. People throughout the country are expressing their outrage in various forms and are demanding to cut all the allies with Pakistan. While the film industry association has called for a complete ban on Pakistani artists in Bollywood, the tension has gone onto the game of Cricket. Ahead of the upcoming World Cup, the debate on whether India should play against Pakistan has brewed up.
People across are suggesting to boycott the match. Now, as per the latest reports, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is willing to have a discussion with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the lines of the upcoming ICC meeting in Dubai, especially in regards to the upcoming World Cup match. “There are chances that the India-Pakistan World Cup clash will be discussed on the sidelines of ICC meeting to be held in Dubai from 27th February,” quoted a source from ICC to ANI.
Rajeev Shukla, chairman of the Indian Premier League, on Wednesday stated that BCCI will oblige on whatever decision taken by the government in this matter. “No bilateral matches happening from the last 10 years between India and Pakistan. India is only playing Pakistan in ICC tournaments. Now, we in the BCCI will follow further government decision on it. BCCI CEO will follow government orders, whether India has to play ICC matches with Pakistan or not. If the government thinks that India should not play vs Pakistan, BCCI will definitely follow the instruction,” said Rajeev.
Recently, former cricketer Harbhajan Singh suggested that India should boycott Pakistan in the upcoming World cup clash. The spinner in an interview said, "There is no need for any relations with Pakistan, let alone cricket. Don't play the World Cup match with Pakistan on June 16 -- country comes first for all of us and we are all standing with our forces. Pakistan has been promoting cross-border terrorism and this attack was unbelievably shocking."