After a disastrous Pulwama attack, former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi plays blame game and takes a massive dig at the BCCI
It’s been a week since India received a severe setback as the nation observed a disastrous terror attack in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, where at least 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred. It enraged the entire nation leading to boycott Pakistan in every way possible.
The attack has not just affected the socio-economic relation between the two nations but has also impacted cricket. According to former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has threatened players to not participate in the Pakistan Super League. Afridi mentioned that he plays many international leagues and is shocked with people’s thoughts.
With an interview with a Pakistani Journalist, Afridi said, “Many things have been tried by them, they threaten players by saying that if you play in the PSL then you won’t be invited for our league. I play in overseas leagues and meet foreign players and I am stunned to hear what kind of thoughts those people have.”
Earlier Afridi had stated that India are putting blame on Pakistan with no proper evidence and his statement was also supported by Former Pakistan skipper and current Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“Without any proof they are putting all the blame onto Pakistan straight away. PM Imran Khan has once again spoken on this matter in a positive & clear way to explain that Pakistan wants to have good relations with not only India but also Afghanistan, Iran & China,” Afridi had earlier said.
The series of incidence and statements have also led many former cricketers to give a thought that India should boycott Pakistan for 2019 ICC World Cup as well. Players like Harbhajan Singh and Sourav Ganguly even stated that India should end all types of relations with Pakistan.
A nation boycotting another isn’t a new thing in the World cricket. Earlier in the 1996 World Cup, Australia boycotted Sri Lanka but it didn’t affect much as Sri Lanka got a point as per the scoring norms and on the other hand Australia went on the play the finals.
As far as India and Pakistan are considered, the duo are the major Asian contenders in cricket. If India doesn’t play against Pakistan, it won’t affect much as Pakistan will get the points. However, the World Cup can be a platform where India could counterattack Pakistan but in a sporting way. if India wants to win against Pakistan in all aspects, the men in blue should play and give a fitting reply by winning.