In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, people from across the country are expressing anger and have demanded action against Pakistan.
The Indian cinema and music industry have already banned Pakistani artists.
Former BCCI vice-president and Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajiv Shukla has said that the outrage against Pakistan is justified and asked Pakistan to stop supporting cross-border terrorism. He made it clear that there is no possibility of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan unless they get the government’s nod. Right now it is difficult to play against Pakistan, who have been accused of supporting terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.
“If somebody is sponsoring terrorism, obviously it will affect sports also”, Shukla told media persons.
Bilateral cricket with Pakistan has not been forthcoming since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. However, the national teams have faced each other in tournaments such as the 2017 Champions Trophy and 2018 Asia Cup held in venues that were neither Indian nor Pakistani.
Let’s boycott Pakistan
Indian cricket fans have taken to social media and have urged India to boycott a World Cup match against Pakistan this summer.
“Let’s boycott Pakistan in @ICC Cricket World Cup! Let’s stand together against the terrorism they are sponsoring,” cricket fan Ishan Datta said in a tweet.
Another Indian cricket supporter said India’s cricket body, one of the world’s richest, should use its influence to force Pakistan out of the ICC.
“Either India will be part of World Cup 2019 or Pakistan. You have enough funds to pull this off,” the supporter tweeted.
The Cricket Club of India, among the country’s oldest clubs, also joined calls for the national team to stay away from the June 16 match in Britain.
The CCI said it supported a boycott of Pakistan at the World Cup in June.
“Though CCI is a sporting association, nation comes first, even before sports,” Suresh Bafna, CCI secretary, told media.
In CCI’s Mumbai office, the picture of Pakistan captain and current Prime Minister Imran Khan has been removed. Similarly, photographs of other Pakistani cricketers were also removed from inside a cricket stadium in Punjab.
No TV Coverage of PSL
Coverage of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 competition has been blacked out in India.
Event management company IMG Reliance decided against showing the matches live, and Indian television channel D-Sport suspended its coverage.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has so far expressed “extreme disappointment” over such developments on its website. The PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan described these steps taken by India as highly regrettable. The PCB said it would take up the matter at the ICC committee meeting in Dubai later this month.