Sourav Ganguly Suggests India to Halt Sporting Ties with Pakistan Following Pulwama Attack
After the recent suicide attack at Lethpora area of district Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir State, in which over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed which has subsequently angered the commoner further witnessed the reactions from the celebrities who suggested to choke Pakistan in all possible ways. Thus, former Team India skipper Sourav Ganguly maintained the country should cut off sporting ties with its arch-rivals Pakistan.
“I agree that after this attack, India should not only stop playing cricket, hockey or football with Pakistan. But should cut all ties with them,” Ganguly told India Tv.
On February 14, the unfortunate incident took place around 3:15 PM when a convoy of CRPF jawan was heading to J&K’s summer capital Srinagar to resume their duties.
The ghastly attack further saw dozens of CRPF jawans were injured when a car laden with high-grade explosives rammed into one of the buses.
The southpaw Ganguly believes to forfeit a match against Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup won’t hamper Virat Kohli-led Men in Blues’ chances in the mega cricket carnival in the United Kingdom (UK).
“This is a 10-team World Cup and each team plays matches against every other team. And I feel if India doesn’t play a match in the World Cup, it won’t be an issue,” Ganguly stated.
The Bengal veteran Ganguly reiterated there is no chance of two-pronged series between India-Pakistan. His statement came following the despicable attack in the volatile Pulwama.
“And, whatever reactions came from the people of India…was right. There is no chance of a bilateral series with Pakistan after this incident,” Ganguly added.
Ganguly backs for a strong message:
Eventually, it further saw condoling messages pouring in from all parts of the country which includes sports stars.
Owing to a symbolic protest, Ganguly stressed the things would be hard for the world cricket governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) to continue without India’s participation. He added the stern message should be served.
“I feel it will be really difficult for ICC to go on with a World Cup without India. But, you also have to see if India has the power to stop ICC from doing such a thing. But, personally, I feel a strong message should be sent,” Ganguly added.
It becomes crucial to stated that Ganguly hadn’t suggested if India-Pakistan went on to face-off in the semi-final or the grand finale of the quadrennial event.
All in all, it would be interesting to see what will be in the store as the 2019 World Cup will run between May 30 and July 14. According to a schedule, India will face Pakistan on June 16 at Old Trafford in Manchester.
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