I Hope It Goes Ahead And I’m Sure It Will – Michael Vaughan On India-Pakistan World Cup Match
The India-Pakistan match in the upcoming World Cup is in doubt due to the present political tension between the two countries. However, the former English captain Michael Vaughan is confident that the India-Pakistan match will go ahead.
Since January 2013, India and Pakistan haven’t played a bilateral cricket series yet. At present, they only meet during the ICC or ACC tournaments. They are likely to meet next time in the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. According to the schedule, India and Pakistan will meet on 16 June at Manchester.
However, since the Pulwama terror attack, where more than 40 Indian soldiers lost their lives, the relation between India and Pakistan has been devastated at present. Many Indians have asked to end the entire relationship with Pakistan.
Like some other Indians, some Indian cricket experts have advised boycotting the Pakistan match in the upcoming World Cup. However, some other Indian cricket experts have opposed that boycott idea. They believe that India shouldn’t reward the points to Pakistan, rather than they should play the game and try to win that game dominantly.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is waiting for the government judgment to make the final call on that match.
Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) recently revealed that the India-Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup was high in demand.
Michael Vaughan about India-Pakistan match in the upcoming World Cup
Though the game is still in serious doubt, Michael Vaughan is confident enough about the game.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live, “It’s the match you look for as soon as the fixtures come out. The Champions Trophy final in 2017 [between India and Pakistan] was the most-watched sporting event that year. That’s the magnitude of the game. I hope it goes ahead and I’m sure it will. Sport has to separate itself and go on. That game will be a spectacle that everyone in Manchester will be looking forward to.”
Till the date, India and Pakistan have met in six games in the cricket World Cup history. India won all of those matches in convincing ways.
Last time, they met in the ICC tournament was in the final of 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. Pakistan won that final match by 180 runs and won that ICC Champions Trophy for the first time.