Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly called for a stop to all sporting ties – not just cricket – with Pakistan, following the Pulwama terror attack, which claimed the lives of 40 Indian soldiers. Ganguly’s comments were in line with what other former players, such as Harbhajan Singh, said. Bhajji recently commented that not playing a match against Pakistan at the upcoming World Cup will not affect India’s chances of winning the tournament.
Despite mentioning that it wouldn’t matter if India didn’t play against Pakistan for a match, Ganguly didn’t clarify if what the team would do if they were to face Pakistan at the semi-final or final stages. Speaking to India TV, he said: “This is a 10-team World Cup and Each team plays matches against every other team and I feel if India doesn’t play a match in the World Cup, it won’t be an issue.”
The former captain also added that it will be hard for ICC to go on with the World Cup without India. However, he also mentioned that it remains to be seen if India can stop the ICC from doing such a thing. "Personally, I feel a strong message should be sent,” said Ganguly. Speaking about his favourites for winning the world cup, Dada picked India, saying: “India are favourites, they have played good cricket for the last 6-7 months, they are very prepared for the World Cup.”