Sourav Ganguly Wants 2019 World Cup After Sachin Tendulkar’s Remarks
Following the Pulwama suicide car bomb attack which shook the entire country, former cricketers hold different views whether India should play Pakistan or not in the upcoming 2019 World Cup in England. Thus, former skipper Sourav Ganguly wants India to bring the World Cup home. He responds to the comments made by his former Indian teammate Sachin Tendulkar.
“He (Sachin) wants two points against Pakistan. I want the World Cup,” ToI quoted Ganguly as saying on the sidelines of one of the promotional events.
Moreover, Harbhajan Singh, Kapil Dev urged the Board for the boycott call against Pakistan in the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in London.
Well, Tendulkar in his recent interview revealed he wouldn’t not like India to concede two points against arch-rivals Pakistan. The Mumbaikar believes India should not boycott the game against Men in Green.
Also, legendary Sunil Gavaskar maintained India should thrash Pakistan in the quadrennial event.
Earlier, the southpaw in Ganguly suggested India should sever sporting with neighbouring country Pakistan after the killing of at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans in ghastly Pulwama attack.
According to the Dubai-based world governing body ICC, India will take on Pakistan on June 16 at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
Of late, it did not sit well with the Indian netizens. They have requested the Government of India and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to isolate Pakistan.
Ganguly backs Virat Kohli:
Recently, Team India skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri maintained they will agree upon whatever the decision would be taken in the national interest. While speaking on the eve of first Twenty20 International against Australia in Vizag, Kohli also reiterated they would comply by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Shastri has also remarked that they will stick to the government and the Board in the lead up to the multi-nation tournament.
With things once again on the boil between India and Pakistan, Ganguly holds the perception that cricket is bound to obey would the government would decide at the behest. He added this should not distress Kohli, who knows his job quite well.
The Bengal veteran Ganguly who has served as the President for Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), has thrown support behind Kohli.
Earlier, the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has written a letter to the ICC in a bid to urge the board to tighten the noose on the countries which sponsor ‘terrorism’.
“I think that’s the only way forward. He doesn’t control all these things. And for him what he can control is the way they have played and the way they will play. I don’t think he should worry about what’s going to happen. It’s always been the case when India play Pakistan. It’s for the government to take a decision and the cricketers will follow that,” Ganguly said.
Ganguly on Miandad:
Last week, Pakistan veteran Javed Miandad lashed out at Ganguly following his statement. He added Ganguly is looking forward on contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, to become the chief minister.
In response, Ganguly maintained he has thoroughly enjoyed seeing Miandad with a bat in his hand. He added Miandad had been excellent cricket for Pakistan during his heydays.
“I have no reaction to Javed Miandad’s comment. I enjoyed watching him bat. He was a fantastic player for Pakistan,” Ganguly said.
Well, on February 27, the ICC has slated a meeting to decide the fate of India-Pakistan World Cup clash.
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