24 February 2019
Cuttack: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting president CK Khanna, who was present in Cuttack today to take stock of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 cricket domestic championship, informed the media that BCCI will act according to Government’s advice on the on-going debate whether India should play against Pakistan.
After the Pulwama terror attack, there have been calls from various sectors to boycott the match against Pakistan in upcoming World Cup. Khanna said, “After a meeting in New Delhi The Committee of Administrators (CoA) recently announced that whatever the government advices, the BCCI will act accordingly. We should all be positive and hope that everything will work out well.”
On the other many former and present cricketers, including Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Chetan Chauhan and Harbhajan Singh have unequivocally denounced the Pakistan-backed Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF troopers on February 14 but said that pulling out of the clash against the green brigade will only result in India losing out vital points.
In an interview, Gavaskar said, "If India decide not to play Pakistan in the World Cup, who wins? Pakistan get two points. We have beaten them every time in World Cups. We can play them and beat them and make sure they don't reach the semi-finals."