Angered by the attack on the CRPF personnel in Pulwama that claimed more than 40 lives, former cricketer Harbhajan Singh has demanded that India should not play against Pakistan in the upcoming ODI World Cup.
“This is a difficult time. The attack that has happened, it was unbelievable and it’s very wrong. Strict action will surely be taken by the government. When it comes to cricket, I don’t think we should have any relations with them, otherwise they will keep treating us like this,” Harbhajan said.
Pointing out that the country comes before sport, he said that we should support India: “We should stand with our country. Cricket or hockey or any sport, we don’t need to play with them.”
Meanwhile the cricket authorities have taken some proactive measures. Inside the Mohali stadium, for instance, the Punjab Cricket Association removed all the pictures of Pakistani cricketers.
"I've always said that sport is above politics but now it will hamper sporting ties too, not until Pakistan-sponsored terrorism is stopped," IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said.
"If we play World Cup, then it's clear that game is bigger than the country's image. For me, India is first and it's not only me who has such a sentiment. Ask any Indian now, and they will be of the same view. Cricket will only take place if terrorism is stopped. I hope the current COA and BCCI takes note of it. There is always a limit to everything and this time all limits have been crossed," Ex-BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel added.