It would be worse than surrender, says Shashi Tharoor on India boycotting Pakistan in World Cup
He urged India to play the game and beat Pakistan.
Published - Feb 22, 2019 11:19 am | Updated - Feb 22, 2019 11:19 am
India and Pakistan are scheduled to renew their rivalry on June 16 in the World Cup this year. This will be their first match in two years after the final of the Champions Trophy in the same country. But since the Pulwama attack, there have been calls for the Men in Blue to boycott the game in a bid to teach a lesson to their neighbours. Even the BCCI has cleared that the Government will take the final call on the matter.
However, Shashi Tharoor thinks differently. In his latest Twitter update, he has pointed out how India defeated Pakistan in England in 1999 World Cup during the Kargil War and it would be wrong for them to award the Men in Green two points for free. He also termed the move to be worse than the surrender while urging the Indian team to play and win the match.
Pakistan have never managed to beat India in any World Cup game, be it in the ODIs or T20Is. “Reminder: at the height of the 1999 Kargil War, India played Pakistan in the cricket World Cup, & won. To forfeit the match this year would not just cost two points: it would be worse than surrender, since it would be defeat without a fight,” Shashi Tharoor wrote in his tweet.
Here’s his tweet:
Reminder: at the height of the 1999 Kargil War, India played Pakistan in the cricket World Cup, & won. To forfeit the match this year would not just cost two points: it would be worse than surrender, since it would be defeat without a fight. https://t.co/RDgn7VEB5r
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) February 22, 2019
CoA to meet today
As far as the Indian board’s stance is concerned, the BCCI CoA is set to meet on Friday to discuss on the matter and will seek the advice from the Sports Ministry as well if required. Meanwhile, there were also reports of the CoA chief Vinod Rai asking Rahul Johri to draft a letter to the ICC and ask them to ban Pakistan from the World Cup. However, those reports were later quashed and was cleared that no such letter is yet written.