Former Indian spinner and part of India's 1983 World Cup winning squad, Balwinder Singh Sandhu has reiterated nation's demand that the Indian cricket team should boycott Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup 2019.
The two countries will take on each other on June 16 in the biggest event in the sport. But the match has dark clouds looming over it, following the Pulwama terror attack and the reaction which has followed from Pakistan.
A large section of people in India have openly said that all relations, including cricketing ones, need to be ended with Pakistan in the aftermath of the terror attack.
Speaking exclusively to Republic TV, Sandhu has voiced what the nation has voiced, stating there is no need for India to miss the World Cup just because Pakistan is also playing.
"The situation which is there at the present, I don't think we should play against them (Pakistan), though, we should play the World Cup," he said before adding, "Why shouldn't we play? We should play and only boycott Pakistan. When we boycott them, then only pressure will be put on Pakistan. We shouldn't play against them."
Keepin the recent events and developments which followed in mind, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to address the matter during its meeting in Dubai on February 27.
Further, sources have told Republic TV that the BCCI, India's cricketing body, will hold informal talks at the earliest on whether India and Pakistan fixture should go as per schedule. While one section within the BCCI wants India to boycott Pakistan, the other section wants to go ahead with "wait and watch" approach.
Balwinder Sandhu also felt that should all relations between the two countries come to an end, it will be Pakistan, and not India, which will suffer.
"Why do we trust Pakistan? Why do we trust their polticians and army? Since almost 40 years, we have been trying to improve relations, but it has never happened. Then why are we talking about it? I feel all relationship with Pakistan should be cut off. We don't need Pakistan, Pakistan needs us. We won't need them for development, but they need us. Whatever growth is taking place in India, it is not because of them, but because of Indians and our good relationship with other countries. If Pakistan keeps good relation with us, then it will benefit them, not us," Sandhu mentioned.