Government sources have advised not to take hasty decision to boycott India’s World Cup 2019 match with Pakistan as a reaction to the Pulwama terrorist attack.
“By not playing against Pakistan, we will be giving them a walk-over,” they said, referring to the two points India will lose if they don’t field a team for the match. “Punitive action can be taken against us,” the sources further added. “ICC can even impose ban on BCCI.
“There is still lot of time. We should not react in hurry,” they further added. Cricketers including Harbhajan Singh have asked for a cricketing boycott of Pakistan.
“Pakistan has been promoting cross-border terrorism and this attack was unbelievably shocking,” said Harbhajan Singh, whose 417 Test wickets are the second highest for an off-spinner. Pakistan has denied any role in the attack.