Indian skipper Virat Kohli has finally expressed his views on the issue of playing Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2019. Ahead of the T20I series against Australia on Saturday, while talking to media, Kohli was asked on the issue in Vizag.
Kohli reiterated the sentiments of coach Ravi Shastri and said that the team will comply with whatever the Indian government and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decides.
While addressing media in Vizag, Kohli said, “Our sincere condolences to the families of CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama attack. We stand by what the nation wants to do and what the BCCI decides to do. We will go by what the government and the Board decides, we will respect that.”
#WATCH Virat Kohli on Ind Vs Pak in World Cup says, “Our sincere condolences to the families of CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in #PulwamaAttack. We stand by what the nation wants to do and what the BCCI decides to do.” pic.twitter.com/gjyJ9qDxts
— ANI (@ANI) February 23, 2019
On Friday, master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar agreed with Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar by saying that he would “hate” to see India concede two points to Pakistan by not playing.
“India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the World Cup. Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament,” said Tendulkar in a statement.
The BCCI officials along with the members of the Committee of Administrators met in New Delhi on Friday to decide on the issue of boycotting the World Cup match against Pakistan. The BCCI wrote a letter to the ICC urging the cricket community to sever ties with any nation from where terrorism emanates.