BCCI chief rules out cricketing ties with Pakistan

Anurag Thakur

Anurag Thakur…No tests or bilateral matches scheduled for this year.

BCCI president and BJP MP Anurag Thakur ruled out any cricketing ties with Pakistan at a time when India is trying to act tough against the neighbouring state in the backdrop of the Uri attack.

Thakur was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the party’s national council meeting that is set to begin here from Saturday.

Asked whether India will play with Pakistan given the hostile relations the two nations have at the moment and the rising sentiments against Pakistan in the country, Thakur said, “There are no tests or bilateral matches scheduled for this year with Pakistan and the question of playing against Pakistan today does not arise.”

“We have defeated Pakistan in three wars and all the world cup cricket matches. We can still maul Pakistan. But it is important to isolate it globally,” he reiterated.

Elaborating that the move is also part of the process of isolating Pakistan in the international community, he said, “Every Indian wants that the Indian government exposes Pakistan at the international level and India has succeeded in sidelining and exposing Pakistan at the international level.”

While hostilities between India and Pakistan have been rising for some time now and hence no cricket match is scheduled between the two countries, the BCCI president, who also represents the ruling BJP in the Lok Sabha made it amply clear that there would be no such occasion coming up soon.

He also talked about how India’s stand is being accepted by the world community. “There are two major issues in front of the world today — the sluggish economy which is affecting trade and terrorism. In the last financial year the world has suffered close to $60 billion loss. Apart from that India has suffered terrorism for the last three decades. The world is facing it now. They will have a better understanding on what India had gone through in the last so many years. That is why globally we are getting all the support, thanks to Modiji’s leadership,” he said.

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