Parthiv Patel and Irfan Pathan say no to cricket with Pakistan
Indian cricketers, Irfan Pathan and Parthiv Patel have backed the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) stand to not play cricket with Pakistan. Tensions have been escalating between the two countries after the Uri terrorist attacks in which 19 Indian soldiers were martyred.
The whole country was shell-shocked after one of the deadliest terrorist attacks on the Indian army and the Indian cricket fraternity came forward to express solidarity with the nation. BCCI president Anurag Thakur said that the resuming bilateral ties with the arch rivals look impossible in recent future.
“In the context of what has happened even considering such a thought is not appropriate. Priority is to expose Pak as a country which sponsors terrorism. No question of playing cricket which such a nation.”
Irfan Pathan and Parthiv Patel backed Thakur and said that country comes before everything.
“For me, country comes first, we must support whatever the Government decides in such situations,” said Irfan Pathan who has played 29 Tests and 120 ODIs for the national team.
Echoing Pathan’s sentiments, Parthiv Patel said:“BCCI president has clearly said that (there is) no question of cricket with Pakistan, so we support it and also our Government’s stand.”
The attacks have definitely deteriorated the relation between the two fierce rivals.The arch-rivals have not played a full bilateral Test series after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks which led to the suspension of cricketing ties between the two countries.They played a short series of three ODIs and two T20 matches in India in December 2012 but otherwise they have met only in ICC-organised events or the Asia Cup.
Any hope of improving the condition is looking bleak after several former players from the other side of the border have ridiculed the BCCI president for his statement and said that it was nothing but a political stunt. Meanwhile, former ICC chief Ehsan Mani has told Pakistan Cricket Board to boycott India in the upcoming ICC meeting.
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