Former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar, speaking on a TV channel criticized Indian players who are demanding boycott of cricket match between Pakistan and India in the wake of Pulawma attack and said that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has always tried to attempt to initiate a bilateral series against Pakistan, however the Indian government has denied it every time.
“Honest reply, BCCI wants to play with Pakistan, the government says no. Had they played with Pakistan, Star Sports and BCCI would have earned the maximum revenue. The series would have a monetary value of 600 million dollars. Do you think they don’t? Of course, they want that. Now speaking on part of their argument, they want to play with Pakistan. Our Pakistan board had mentioned that they want to play a bilateral series and you cannot deny it although the series can be held at a different venue altogether. But they have said that they have a board to run which falls under Supreme Court. That is their argument and that is logical.”
“Should sports stay political? Not at all. So these differences set in matters of circumstances. We strongly condemn the loss of lives. But when it comes to our country, we are one nation, united and we will stand by our Prime Minister’s statement without having a second thought. They (India) have a right to pull out. Their country was attacked and hence the decision,” Akhtar added.
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21 May, 2019