ICC T20 World Cup 2021: India-Pakistan match should go on, says Prakash Padukone

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India badminton legend Prakash Padukone said that the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan should proceed as planned.

India-Pakistan World Cup clash should go ahead: Prakash Padukone (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India-Pakistan World Cup clash should go ahead: Prakash Padukone
  • There have been demands to cancel the upcoming India vs Pakistan match
  • India will face Pakistan on October 24 in T20 World Cup
Indian badminton legend Prakash Padukone said that the upcoming India-Pakistan clash in the T20 World Cup should go ahead despite the prevailing political tensions between the two countries. Virat Kohli-led Indian team will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening match of the T20 World Cup on October 24.

There have been demands to cancel the upcoming India vs Pakistan match at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 with the likes of Union Minister Giriraj Singh asking for ‘reconsideration’ due to the tense relationship between the two countries.

“I personally feel sports should not be mixed with politics and it should go ahead. That is my personal opinion. Whether it happens or not, I am no authority, I am nobody to comment,” Padukone said on the sidelines of an event at the National Sports Club of India here.

“But if you ask my personal opinion, I think the match should go ahead, they have played in the past, so many times, so this is no different,” he added.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is in government in Delhi, on Tuesday said the match should be canceled in view of the recent killing of civilians by terrorists in Kashmir.

During a press conference, Atishi, AAP MLA from Kalkaji said, “We see people being attacked in Kashmir. I’m sure that even the Prime Minister agrees with the stand of not conducting the match (IND v PAK) as when in Opposition he used to ask that when state-sponsored terrorism is taking place in India, why should we play cricket with them?”

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Vice President Rajeev Shukla on Monday said India will have to play arch-rivals Pakistan in the T20 World Cup as no team can refuse to play another side in a tournament organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

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