A number of Indian ministers and politicians are calling for the cancellation of the India vs Pakistan T20 match in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Indian ministers and politicians are blaming Pakistan for the recent turmoil and spate of attacks in IIOJK. They believe that while Indian cricket team should refuse to play with Pakistan as it is inciting violence in the valley and the apparent situation on the border is not good.
Aam Aadmi Party MLA Atishi called for India to abandon the match against Pakistan, “unless targeted attacks on Indians stop, it will be not right to play a match like this.”
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“We see people being attacked in Kashmir. I’m sure that even the Prime Minister agrees with the stand of not conducting the match (IND v PAK) as when in Opposition he used to question that when state-sponsored terrorism is taking place in India why should we play cricket with them,” she said at a press conference.
Union Minister and RPI chief Ramdas Athawale also called for the boycott of the match. “India should not play Pakistan. The neighboring country has not learned its lesson. So, there should be an ‘aar paar ki ladaai’ (all-out war). It is Pakistan’s ploy not to allow development in the Valley,” he said.
Another Union Minister Giriraj Singh also opposed the match between India and Pakistan and said that the decision should be reviewed if the relations between the two countries are not good.
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Meanwhile, BCCI responding to these calls said that they cannot cancel the match with Pakistan since the match is organized by the International Cricket Council.
“We strongly condemn the killings. However, under the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) commitments, you can’t refuse to play anyone,” vice-president Rajiv Shukla said.
The highly-anticipated India-Pakistan T20 match is scheduled for Sunday 24th October.