India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup 2021: AAP, Union minister Ramdas Athawale want Virat Kohli’s side to opt-out of match

Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday (October 19) demanded that the Indian cricket team should opt-out of their match against Pakistan in ICC T20 World Cup in Dubai. 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 question that when state-sponsored terrorism is taking place in India why should we play cricket with them?”

She further said, “So, I am sure that not only AAP but even BJP and its leadership along with the PM will agree that unless such attacks in India and targeted attacks on Indians stop, it will not be right to play matches like this.”

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president Rajeev Shukla on Monday (October 18) 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 International Cricket Council (ICC). The much-awaited high-octane clash between Virat Kohli’s India and Babar Azam-led Pakistan in the upcoming T20 World Cup will take place on October 24 in Dubai.

Meanwhile, raising concerns over the terrorist activities and killing of civilians in Kashmir, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on Tuesday said in the present situation there should be no cricket match between India and Pakistan. Speaking to news agency ANI, Athawale said, “It is high time for now. The Government of India must launch a final war against Pakistan to stop them. The Indian government and Prime Minister want to have good relations with Pakistan. But their terror activities have not stopped hence there is a need to do a final war against Pakistan to stop them.”

Speaking further on the India-Pakistan T20 match scheduled later this month during the ongoing T20 World Cup, the union minister said, “Looking at the present situation, there is no need to hold a T20 match with Pakistan. I will surely speak with the Government of India on this matter.”

Three non-Kashmiri labourers were fired upon by terrorists in the Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. As per CID sources, all three labourers are residents of Bihar.Earlier a gol-gappa hawker from Bihar and a carpenter from Uttar Pradesh were shot dead by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. The hawker, Arvind Kumar Sah, and another Sagir Ahmad from Uttar Pradesh were shot dead by terrorists in Srinagar and Pulwama.

(with ANI inputs)

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