We Will Stick By Government, BCCI Stand: Virat Kohli
Team India skipper Virat Kohli on the eve of the first Twenty20 International of the two-match T20I, has cleared his position by complying on the decision from Government of India and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Kohli reiterated they are bound to what the government BCCI will decide in the foreseeable future.
While breaking the silence on isolating Pakistan, Kohli faced a barrage of questions in Visakhapatnam which included a question regarding India-Pakistan taking on each other in the upcoming 2019 World Cup.
“We stand by what the nation wants to do and what the BCCI decides to do. We will go by what the government and the Board decides, we will respect that,” Kohli said during a presser on Saturday.
India will take on Australia in the limited-overs series, starting February 24 in Vizag. The two-match T20I series and five-match One-day International (ODI) series will culminate in Delhi on March 13.
Besides, Kohli has offered condolences to the families of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who lost their lives on February 14. In a ghastly attack, at least 40 CRPF jawans were killed at Lethpora in Jammu and Kashmir’s (J&K) southern part of Pulwama district.
“Our sincere condolences to the families of CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama attack,” Kohli said at the presser in Vizag.
The heartwrenching attack has further infuriated the common masses who urged the government to choke Pakistan on all quarters.
BCCI and CoA stand firm:
#WATCH Virat Kohli on Ind Vs Pak in World Cup says, "Our sincere condolences to the families of CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in #PulwamaAttack. We stand by what the nation wants to do and what the BCCI decides to do." pic.twitter.com/gjyJ9qDxts
— ANI (@ANI) February 23, 2019
The Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the Board are all set to take the decision. The CEO for the BCCI, Rahul Johri has urged the world cricket governing body to take action the country which backs the ‘terrorism’.
Eventually, on February 22, the CoA and BCCI officials had a lengthy meeting in New Delhi.
Former cricketers had a mixed reaction:
As many suggested the government and the Board to boycott the World Cup match against Pakistan, legendary Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar suggested it’s not ideal to concede two points. Gavaskar added beating Pakistan would serve the cause.
Recently, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly and premium off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has suggested for boycotting the game against Pakistan.
So much so, Ganguly stated India should cut sporting ties with its neighbouring country Pakistan.
As per ICC’s fixture, the Men in Blue will take on Men in Green at Manchester on July 16.
Also, it would be interesting to see how things would take place from here on. The Board will consult the government in due course of time on severing ties with Pakistan.
The ODI showpiece will run between May 30 and July 14 in England and Wales.
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