Seasoned off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that India should not play Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup in the wake of the dastardly terror attack in Pulwama.
“India should not play Pakistan in the world Cup. India are powerful enough to win the World Cup without having to play Pakistan,” Harbhajan Singh told Aaj Tak. “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 added that India should clip all relations with Pakistan and that the entire country should stand by the martyred soldiers.
“I don’t think we need to have any relations with Pakistan or play any cricket with them,” he said. “I don’t think India should play the World Cup match against Pakistan. Country comes first and we are all standing behind our country. Cricket or hockey or sports, it should be kept aside because this is a huge thing and repeatedly our soldiers are killed. We should stand with our country. Cricket or hockey or any sport, we don’t need to play with them.”
India and Pakistan could meet in the semi-finals or finals of the World Cup and Harbhajan has said that the people concerned should take a call as there is enough time to make a decision.
“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.
First Published: Feb 18, 2019 21:57 IST