Ganguly Says to Cut Sporting Ties with Pakistan

By Dhanu Delphi on February 21, 2019

Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian cricket team captain, called for India to cut off all sporting ties with Pakistan. The call comes after a terror attack in the Pulwama district earlier this month. The attack killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force members.

A former team member of Ganguly’s, Harbhajan Singh, said that India should not play Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup.  Ganguly agreed with Singh that India’s chances remain unchanged if they do not play Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup.

It was not clear, however, whether Ganguly meant for India to avoid all matches against Pakistan. The question is whether he suggests avoiding one match as a symbolic gesture, or if he meant all matches. Should it happen that Pakistan makes it to the finals or semifinals, should the Indian team forfeit the World Cup?

Ganguly: Team India is World Cup Favorite

Ganguly also noted that India is in excellent shape ahead of the World Cup, which begins on 5th June 2019.

He said: “India are favorites. They have played good cricket for the last 6 – 7 months. They are very prepared for the World Cup.”

Ganguly praised the team, noting: “This is the best possible team. All of them have performed well, and that is why they are in the squad.”

Cut All Ties

Ganguly made it clear that he was not only speaking about cricket and the upcoming World Cup. He feels that India should cut all sporting ties across the board, along with any connection with Pakistan. Ganguly is not alone in calling for this action.

“There is no chance of a bilateral series with Pakistan after this incident,” he said. “I agree that after this attack, India should not only stop playing cricket, hockey or football with Pakistan, but should cut all ties with them.”