1. Shashi Tharoor asks if PM Modi can attend marriage in Lahore, why can’t India play cricket with Pakistan

Shashi Tharoor asks if PM Modi can attend marriage in Lahore, why can’t India play cricket with Pakistan

Even though BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhury had recently said that the board is exploring ways in which India doesn't bump into arch-rivals Pakistan in the nine-team Test league, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor believes that Virat Kohli-led side should play against the neighbours.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 26, 2017 4:19 PM
Shashi Tharoor at Times List Fest Shashi Tharoor speaking at a fest in New Delhi. (Source: Twitter)

Even though BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhury had recently said that the board is exploring ways in which India doesn’t bump into arch-rivals Pakistan in the nine-team Test league, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor believes that Virat Kohli-led side should play against the neighbours. Tharoor, while speaking at a session named ‘Cricket as Indian democracy’s alter ego’, during a literary fest at New Delhi, said that things have changed since the ban was first imposed. “I do believe India and Pakistan should play cricket,” Tharoor said during the interaction which also included senior journalists Rajdeep Sardesai, Nalin Mehta and former Indian cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi.

“What we have seen that the BJP government has even met with them, their national security advisers met in Bangkok, our Prime Minister met with their Prime Minister in Kufa, then the Prime Minister went to Lahore and participated in a wedding ceremony, a birthday party and what not. So if all that could happen, why can’t we play cricket,” asked Tharoor. The senior Congress leader said that phase is over and there is no reason why cricket should be held hostage.

Tharoor said that we should expand the scope for people to people contact between India and Pakistan. Speaking in a similar tone, Rajdeep Sardesai said that the terror attacks haven’t stopped even though India stopped playing cricket with Pak. “Have terror attacks stopped by India and Pakistan not playing cricket with each other?” he asked.

These statements from Tharoor came just four days after BCCI met sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Wednesday to discuss the potential inclusion of a series against Pakistan in the Future Tours Programme (FTP) as part of the upcoming ICC Test Championship. The ICC Test Championship got the green light recently from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and is aimed at bringing context and meaning to bilateral cricket

Speaking at the same fest yesterday, Tharoor had taken a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was quoted as saying, “4G is more important than Modiji.” While targetting the PM Modi-led government, Tharoor said, “No wonder they are talking of a New India because they made such a mess of the Old India.”

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    Aj
    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:31 am
    This kind of speech comes when the speaker has wrong perception that he is having mul alent but we all know why this ty Tharoor is famous for....sunanda Pushkar and other few more ladies. Ask him to Go and meet any family of any soldier who has lost his son on border due to porkistan firing ...and let him ask them what they think about playing cricket with porkistan. Saalo kuch toh sharam karo.. . Itna he hai toh Sunanda Pushkar ke family se Jake ke puchta kyu nahi ki chalo chai pine chalte hai. ....Kyun hawa Nikal jati hai tab....
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      Abhinay rathi
      Nov 28, 2017 at 1:52 am
      This guy have no sense of responsibility towards nation and a black mark in Indian politics. If he does not understand the importance of bilateral talks before reaching to a concensus of making an understand than he have no right to Make rubbish comments
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        Mahesh k
        Nov 27, 2017 at 8:29 pm
        If India plays cricket with Lahore traitors like Congi leaders such as you will do hawala bet make money probably!
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          Chris
          Nov 27, 2017 at 7:28 pm
          Our friend Shashi is looking for self importance while making a comment on indo pak cricket. He trying to gain political mileage by delving into unchartered territory. Reams of words have been written on this subject and there has not been. Or will not be a last word on this controversial topic. Let us humour him and listen to his right of free speech
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            G. Nagaraja
            Nov 27, 2017 at 6:56 pm
            The playing cricket in Pakistan or not, it is to be decided by BCCI. What is the connection between PM BCCI.
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              G. Nagaraja
              Nov 27, 2017 at 6:27 pm
              Playing in Pakistan is depends on BCCI decision. What is the connection between PM BCCI.
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                Radhika
                Nov 27, 2017 at 4:20 pm
                Is this man talking this way for his personal gains owing to his clandestine relationship with Lady journalist or author there !!!!
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                  O.s Aravamuthan
                  Nov 27, 2017 at 12:58 pm
                  Attending the marriage of the stake holder to soften the relationship.But even after that things are not improving and we must understand the signals there after.You cannot be a blind ho se. Playing cricket is entertainment and when the soldiers are hard pressed for maintains peace such act will dilute their morale. The equation is political and not pragmatic.
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                  1. Vaidhyanathan Sankar
                    Nov 27, 2017 at 12:52 pm
                    They will let loose another quasab to do the rampage on Indians.Don"t even think of any cricket with our enemies!
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                      Ravi
                      Nov 27, 2017 at 12:47 pm
                      These congress and this will not hesitate to sell their own people for money such is the mentality. They have looted our country and still not satisfied want more. Shameless can murder his wife and teach others. These people and congress should be stoned to death
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                        Sai Nagesh
                        Nov 27, 2017 at 12:05 pm
                        What Modi got to do in this. It's a decision of BCC. Dumb congis and their leader Pappu and Sonia Khan are so eager to bring Modi in each and every issue.
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                        1. BP Putran
                          Nov 27, 2017 at 11:11 am
                          First u tell the nation why and how did u managed to murder your wife after all this shamelessly man appear b4 public and give anti national statements hv u taken any guidence fm OJ Simpson?
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                          1. Sunil Sharma
                            Nov 27, 2017 at 11:00 am
                            If ever Congress comes to power, Mr. Tharoor should be made sports minister and he can invite Pakistan to come and play in India.
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                              kagrivall
                              Nov 27, 2017 at 10:46 am
                              This is like saying,if government can offer food to a criminal ,why can’t Congress give shelter to a terrorist.What is the difference between Roti and Makaan.?I thought this man had common sense if not wisdom.Twinkle twinkle little Tharoor,How I wonder what you are!
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                              1. Vinay k.s
                                Nov 27, 2017 at 8:45 am
                                Why Pakistan soldiers can’t stop firing on our soldiers Mr Tharoor.? Why can’t Pakistan stop harassments on Indians in Kashmiri region mr Tharoor.?
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                                  WAkeupindia
                                  Nov 27, 2017 at 2:24 pm
                                  Haa to cricket khelna band kardo vo log attacks karna band kardenge, great logic bhakto 👏👏👏👏
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                                  Hari
                                  Nov 27, 2017 at 8:07 am
                                  Why bring Modi Govt in each and every discussion. I believe without chanting Modi’s name, Congis don’t get sleep
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                                    Avinash
                                    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:01 am
                                    In marriage you have to worry about security of few people, while in cricket you have to worry about 50000 or more people. Logic is simple
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                                      Shashidhar
                                      Nov 27, 2017 at 6:36 am
                                      Mr. Taroor, he has used many option to build the good relationship with Pak, your option also has been tried earlier, you know the latest position, knowing you are making statements like kids, I thought you are learned person, today I realised am wrong.
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                                        Sam
                                        Nov 27, 2017 at 6:13 am
                                        Why Mr.Tharoor is behaving like Digvijay..Tharoor diggy ne bite kiya kya?
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                                          G. Nagaraja
                                          Nov 27, 2017 at 8:16 pm
                                          Because he is also a congress man
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                                            G. Nagaraja
                                            Nov 27, 2017 at 8:19 pm
                                            Because he is also congress man
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