CCI Secretary Claims India Shouldn’t Play Against Pakistan In The Upcoming World Cup
In the wake of Pulwama terror attack, the Cricket Club of India (CCI) secretary Suresh Bafna has come out to protest against India-Pakistan match in the upcoming World Cup.
The whole country is under deep sadness after the Pulwama terrorist attack incident that happened on this Thursday (14 February). On that day, a suicide bomber attacked with an explosive-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus in Pulwama district (Jammu and Kashmir). More than 40 soldiers have lost their lives, and many are critically injured. The Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed carried out that attack.
The whole world has condemned on that coward incident. The entire Indian cricket family has also cried out over that incident and came out to support the Indian soldiers.
The BCCI’s affiliated unit, CCI has also strongly protested against that incident. On Saturday (16 February), they have covered a portrait of the former Pakistan captain and present Pakistan PM Imran Khan.
Now, the CCI secretary Suresh Bafna has said that India shouldn’t play against Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup. He claimed that the nation comes first before sports.
He told ANI, “We condemn the terror activities carried out against our army and CRPF personnel. Though CCI is a sporting association but nation comes first even before sports.”
England and Wales will host the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup from 30 May to 14 July. As per the schedule, India and Pakistan will meet in the tournament on 16 June at Old Trafford (Manchester).
Imran Khan should respond
Suresh Bafna claimed that the Pakistan PM Imran Khan should respond about that incident.
The CCI secretary said, “Imran Khan should respond. He is the Prime Minister and if he believes that Pakistan has no role to play in the attack then why is he not coming out openly. He should come out openly. People should know the truth. He is not coming out openly which means that there are Stains in their folds.”
Suresh Bafna also spoke about their decision to cover Imran Khan’s portrait at their Brabourne stadium headquarters in Mumbai. That portrait was in one of its restaurant walls.
Talking about that Suresh Bafna mentioned that it was their protest against the Pulwama terror attack. He further added that they would soon decide to remove that photo.
He said, “We called a meeting on the very next day of the attack and to condemn the attack, we decided to cover the photo. We”ll be deciding soon how to remove the photo.”
The former Pakistan captain Imran Khan played only ODI at the Brabourne Stadium. It was the MRF World Series (Nehru Cup) games between Pakistan and Australia on 23 October 1989. While Pakistan won that match by 66 runs, the captain Imran Khan won the Player of the Match award for his excellent bowling. He had the match-winning bowling figure of 8-2-13-3.
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