25 February 2019
Bhubaneswar: While the debate on India playing Pakistan in upcoming cricket World Cup has gathered momentum, veteran cricketer and former Indian skipper Kapil Dev has said that it is best to leave the decision on the Government.
He said that the people should not take a call on this and it has to be decided by the government. According to a news agency, Kapil said, “It's better if we don't give an opinion and leave it to the government and concerned people. Whatever they decide will be in the interest of the nation,” he said.
BBCI acting President CK Khanna has also said that the cricket body will act according to Government’s decision.
According to reports, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) had directed the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to write a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ban Sarfaraz Ahmed's men from the World Cup, a ploy which could backfire as the other participants may not support India's call.
Many former and present cricketers, including Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Chetan Chauhan and Harbhajan Singh have unequivocally denounced the Pakistan-backed Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF troopers on February 14 but said that pulling out of the clash against the green brigade will only result in India losing out vital points.