Ever since 40 Indian personnel attained martyrdom in the February 14 suicide attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group in Kashmir’s Pulwama district, there was a huge outrage on social media where fans demanded the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to boycott their World Cup match against Pakistan, which is scheduled to be played on June 16 in Manchester. While the sports fraternity gave a mixed reaction on the incident, India’s World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev has also opined on the matter which remains to be a topic of discussion.
When asked whether India should boycott their arch-rivals in the showpiece event, Kapil said, “Sportspersons should never be asked not to play. Being a cricketer myself, I know how that might feel. Playing sport is the only thing we know and that’s what it should be.”
Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar were two other reputed cricketers who wanted Men in Blue to play against Pakistan in the quadrennial extravaganza.
At the Special General Meeting (SGM) held recently, the BCCI refused to take a final call with Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rao saying the Indian board will discuss the matter with the government as the World Cup was still three months away. “The 16th of June is very far away. We will take a call on that much later and in consultation with the government,” Rai said after the meeting.