India’s match against Pakistan, scheduled to take place during the World Cup, has been a bone of contention since the Pulwama attacks that killed 40 CRPF jawans. Former players and politicians are in two minds about continuing sports ties with the neighbours. Ex-India skipper Sourav Ganguly believes that India should cut off all sporting ties with Pakistan, while the legendary Sachin Tendulkar thinks that India shouldn’t give Pakistan two points just by not playing against them. The bickering got the attention of former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad who took a dig at Ganguly.
At a promotional event in Kolkata, Ganguly said: “He (Sachin) wants two points against Pakistan, I want the World Cup.” He also supported Virat Kohli’s decision that the players will follow whatever the country or the BCCI decides on the issue. “It's always been the case when India play Pakistan. It's for the government to take a decision and the cricketers will follow that,” he was quoted as saying by the media.
Following Ganguly’s comments, former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad blasted the former, saying: "I think he (Sourav) wants to run for elections in the coming days or wants to become the chief minister as it is just a publicity stunt." To that, Dada replied that he has no reaction of Miandad’s comments and that he enjoyed watching the Pakistani player bat.
The June 16 match between India and Pakistan has now turned into a sorry mess with no clear turnout over what the teams are supposed to do.