Cricketing icon Sourav Ganguly, who was put in a spot of bother over questions directed at him over BCCI maintaining cricketing ties with Pakistan even as the avowed Indian position is to isolate Pakistan over its links with terrorists and even sponsoring attacks on India. In the post-surgical strike period, India has taken an increasingly strong stance of isolating Pakistan and getting the world community to side against terror. BCCI as such stands accused of not helping the cause of India by refusing to play cricket with Pakistan. The fact that India was not maintaining or trying to play Pakistan in a bilateral series (meaning the matches that would be held either in India or Pakistan), and that the matches would be happening at a neutral venue as decided by the ICC as per this theory, does not wash. Sourav was also asked whether India should actually refuse to play these matches no matter what the ICC was saying. Check out what the cricketing icon said:
1) A difficult decision, but Gambhir is right
“It’s completely acceptable that if you keep fighting and killing our soldiers at the border you cannot just keep playing bilateral series,” said Ganguly. He also added that taking such steps at ICC events would be difficult.
2) Very sensitive issue, will get opinions from all quarters
“It’s a very sensitive issue and we will get opinions from all quarters, as Gambhir has expressed. Anurag (Thakur) has a different stance, a new BCCI president two or three years down the line might have a different stance but it is not in the BCCI’s control to stop the ICC from hosting an India-Pakistan match in their events,” the CAB president added.