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WATCH | 'It's Not About Players Or BCCI', Says Mohammad Kaif Putting Onus On Government Of India To Decide On World Cup 2019 Match With Pakistan

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Despite the BCCI continuing to not take any onus of taking a stand against Pakistan's continued support to terror as it has not announced any plans to discontinue playing with the country, Team India has made its position clear on the matter
  • Former Team India cricketer Mohammad Kaif on Monday said that he will wait for the government to decide on playing with Pakistan, adding that he will abide by the decision of the government and that only the Centre can take the call on it

Despite the BCCI continuing to not take any onus of taking a stand against Pakistan's continued support to terror as it has not announced any plans to discontinue playing with the country, Team India has made its position clear on the matter. The position of Team India has also been repeated by former Team India cricketer Mohammad Kaif.

Kaif on Monday said that he will wait for the government to decide on playing with Pakistan, adding that he will abide by the decision of the government and that only the Centre can take the call on it. 

"Virat kohli has already spoken about it. The government will take a call on that it is not about the players, or BCCI. So we have to wait and see."

Kaif had earlier argued a strong case for the ICC rejecting India's terror-friendly neighbour Pakistan from the upcoming World Cup on account of the Pulwama terror attack which was perpetrated by the Pak-based Jaish-e-Mohammed and saw 40 CRPF Jawans being martyred.

Kaif has spoken about how South Africa was only re-admitted into the mainstream cricketing fold in 1992, with the governing body for Cricket having earlier taken a decisive stand against what was then institutional racism in South African cricket, with the nation only playing against 'white' countries. He then highlighted the magnitude of terrorism as global issue and says that the nation that indulges in it, i.e. Pakistan, must be dealt with in the severest of ways.

Here is the text of his tweet:

"SA were banned by ICC because of racism and were only readmitted in 1992. As far as know India had cut off all trade ties with South Africa then. Racism,as serious an issue as it is,terrorism is a big big issue & a nation indulging in it has to be dealt with in d most severe way"

Most significantly, however, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said the following while speaking exclusively to Republic Bharat and Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami:

"We should not play cricket with Pakistan even if we have to suffer monetary loss. This is my personal opinion that there should be no match."

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