Would Hate If India Help Pakistan by Not Playing Them: Tendulkar
“India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the World Cup. Time to beat them once again,” says Tendulkar.
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has said he would “hate” to see India concede two points to Pakistan by not playing them in the upcoming World Cup as such a move would only help the arch-rivals in the mega-event.
Tendulkar endorsed Sunil Gavaskar's view that India would be better off beating Pakistan in the World Cup than forfeiting the 16 June tie in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack that killed more than 40 CRPF personnel.
“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.”Sachin Tendulkar to PTI
"Having said that, for me India always comes first, so whatever my country decides, I will back that decision with all my heart," the legendary batsman added.
While the likes of Harbhajan Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal have called for complete cricketing boycott of Pakistan, Gavaskar on 21 February said India will be the loser if they decide to not play against Pakistan on 16 June.
"Who wins if India decide against playing Pakistan in the World Cup? And I am not even talking about the semis and the finals. Who wins? Pakistan win because they get two points," Gavaskar had told 'India Today'.
The Committee of Administrators (CoA) running Indian cricket on Friday, 22 February, have decided against taking any stand on the World Cup clash against Pakistan but said it would individually urge ICC members to "sever ties with any nation that is a terrorist hub".
There were reports that the CoA and the BCCI might approach the ICC seeking Pakistan's ouster from the mega-event in England that starts on 30 May.
(With inputs from PTI)
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