Published: Tue, February 26, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Virat Kohli breaks silence on BCCI's Pakistan World Cup boycott attempt

Virat Kohli breaks silence on BCCI's Pakistan World Cup boycott attempt

Ex-India skipper Sourav Ganguly believes that India should cut off all sporting ties with Pakistan, while the legendary Sachin Tendulkar thinks that India shouldn't give Pakistan two points just by not playing against them.

Ganguly had, last week, backed a complete boycott of cricketing ties with Pakistan, saying not playing the arch-rivals in the upcoming World Cup in the aftermath of terror attack in Pulwama where more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel were killed.

India captain Virat Kohli says the team will do "what the nation wants" when deciding whether to boycott a World Cup match against Pakistan this summer.

Speaking at a promotional event in Kolkata, Ganguly said: "He (Sachin) wants two points against Pakistan, I want the World Cup". Having said that, for me India always comes first.

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"This is a 10-team World Cup and each team plays matches against every other team. Whichever way you look at it", Ganguly. We can play them and beat them and make sure they don't reach the semi-finals.

"Our stand is simple: we stick by what the nation wants to do and what the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) decides to do", he said. "We will go by what the government and the Board decides, we will respect that", Kohli said at the presser.

Meanwhile, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar Sunday joined thousands of runners in the IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon and raised Rs 15 lakh for family members of the Pulwama terror attack martyrs.

The BCCI, even though being the richest sporting body in the world, never took any unilateral decision either to play or not to play against Pakistan and has tactfully put the ball in the Union government's court to decide on India's World Cup match against Pakistan. These two quotas are the ones that were kept from the event the Pakistani shooters were scheduled to compete in, contrary to reports on Thursday night that said all sixteen quotas could be scrapped.

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