Pulwama attack: India should not play World Cup against Pakistan - Harbhajan Singh

In the condolence of the Pulwama terror attacks on 14th February, many Indian cricketers have come forward and urged the BCCI to stop India and Pakistan- ICC Cricket World Cup match which is going to be held on mid June Now, off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh has also joined and wants the BCCI to drop the match to be hosted in Manchester.

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In these tough circumstances, many Indian sportspeople including Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan came forward to help their families. Post this attack, Harbhajan Singh also expressed his views saying India should not continue to play a match against Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup.

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“India should not play Pakistan in the world Cup. India is powerful enough to win the World Cup without having to play Pakistan,” Harbhajan Singh told talking to the news agency said, “This is a difficult time. The attack that has happened, it was unbelievable and it’s very wrong. Strict action will surely be taken by the government. When it comes to cricket, I don’t think we should have any relations with them otherwise they will keep treating us like this.”

He also said that frequently the soldiers are getting killed and the country does not need to strengthen any sporting relations with Pakistan as a sign of respect for CRPF Jawans.

Harbhajan said that there is ample time to take a decision for the people involved should take their own call.  “We are too small to discuss what needs to be done - there are big people sitting in power who can take a call,” he added. “What happens if we have to play Pakistan in the semi-final or final? There’s plenty of time for June-July. The people in power will need what to do. But nobody can harm India. What happened in Pulwama is tragic. We are safe today only because of our defence forces,” Harbhajan said.

“We should not keep any kind of ties with Pakistan: we are powerful enough to feed the world on our own. Cricket, sports is not as important. We stand with every member of the defence force. Their sacrifices should no go to waste,” Harbhajan added.

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