All about the steps taken by cricketing fraternity of India following Pulwama attack.
Ever since the inclement and unprecedented attacks on CRPF jawans in Pulwama, the cricketing fraternity in India has all over the country taken the stringiest and sternest of measures to retaliate against Pakistan and their support to such organizations and activities. From the CCI, PCA and RCA removing images of Pakistan cricketers from their stadiums, to Virat Kohli postponing Indian Sports Honours Awards, all the eminent cricket stars and organisations are boycotting Pakistan.
After the attack, the citizens from all over the land have been asking the BCCI and Indian Government to call off their match against the country at the world cup. The upcoming ICC ODI Cricket World Cup, slated to get underway from May 30 sees India slated to play Pakistan in a group stage encounter on June 16.
After the CCI had taken off paintings of Imran Khan at their restaurant, the Mohali and Jaipur stadiums followed suit, taking down images of the country’s cricketers.
The calls for the decision to be made have been growing by the day with revered cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar, previous BCCI officials and other eminent figures asking the governing cricket body in India to clamp down heavily on Pakistan.
Understanding the severity of the issue, the ICC in a meeting set to get underway on February 22 with the BCCI is expected to discuss the issue of India wanting to forfeit their clash against Pakistan at the world cup.
As per the latest reports doing the rounds, it is being stated that the BCCI is mulling over asking the ICC to remove Pakistan as a participating nation from the world cup.
The CoA in an internal communication has asked the BCCI to write a letter to the ICC requesting a ban on Pakistan from the World Cup for supporting and housing terrorists. The report adds that the letter should say that the ‘mood’ in India after the recent terror attack, is not to entertain any cricketing ties with Pakistan.
Steps taken by cricketing fraternity of India following Pulwama attack
- The International Cricket Council, on the other hand, has said that they expect the match to go on as scheduled. However, with the meeting set to be held between them and the BCCI in the coming days, it is clear that tensions are mounting on the issue and the international cricketing fraternity is well aware of India’s displeasure and firm stand on the issue.
- “Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this terrible incident and we will be monitoring the situation with our Members,” ICC said on the issue. “There is no indication that any (of the) matches at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will not go ahead as planned.”
- The situation will get clearer after some time, a little closer to the World Cup. ICC has nothing to do with it.
- If the government at that point in time feels we shouldn’t play, it’s obvious that we won’t play”, a BCCI official had said earlier.
- “Our position is very clear. Unless the government gives us nod, we are not going to play with Pakistan.
- Sports should be above all these things but if somebody is sponsoring terrorism, obviously it will affect sports also. The world cup is far away. We will see what happens.”
- Sports are meant to build and develop relations between countries and the dastardly attacks on our brave CRPF jawans by Pakistan has once again proved that they as a nation have no interest in friendly relations with India.
- India in itself is an exuberant cricketing country, one that can easily progress through to the knock-out stages of the tournament even if they don’t play Pakistan.
- It is time for the government and the BCCI to be in sync with the voices and out roar coming from each quarter of the country and take a harsh and resounding retaliatory measure of boycotting a nation that believes in colluding with criminals.
- The decision by India to not play against Pakistan at such a huge international event will not only bring up the issue of Pakistan’s atrocities on India on a much larger scale but will also be a significant step taken by the country in hitting back and asserting that such activities will not be tolerated and the country, its government and army will go to all measures to eliminate such elements.
- With the BCCI refusing to sign the members’ participation agreement at a meeting of the ICC held in June 2018, holding full rights of executing the agreement as per their wishes, India forfeiting their encounter will not see Pakistan gain any points from India skipping the match as well.
- It’s happened at the world cup earlier as well with Australia and West Indies both skipping their matches against Sri Lanka in 1996 citing security concerns and England refusing to play in Zimbabwe and it’s high time for India to put their foot down and take a measure on the similar lines.
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