RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has suggested that cricketing ties between India and Pakistan should not be affected and the upcoming fixture between the two in the World Cup 2019 should take place.
Speaking exclusively to Republic TV, the former deputy CM of Bihar maintained that cricket should not be affected in such matters by giving the example of Imran Khan and his statements when he used to play cricket and since he has become his country's PM.
"Till the time Imran Khan was playing cricket, no one heard such comments. But since he has entered politics, he is being forced to give such statements. Has it ever happened that he has given any such statement while playing?," he said.
Following that, he mentioned that it was a few individuals who cause terror, and hence, one should not target all individuals of a country or one profession altogether.
"Banning cricket and sports is not right. I believe that people, be it of any country, are not enemies. There are different kind of people. There have been instances when Shahid Afridi has spoken in favor of his country, instances when has condemned an incident. But that doesn't mean he was the attacker. A sportsman plays with a sportsman spirit," Tejashwi added.
His comments come on a day when Home Minister Rajnath Singh denied any possibililty of a cricket match between India and Pakistan, given the recent events and the developments which have unfolded.
"We should not play cricket with Pakistan even if we have to suffer monetary loss. There should be no match.....The board should take a call on this. I truly believe that after Pulwama attack, there is no question of a cricket match with Pakistan. Not possible, none at all," he said while speaking exclusively to Republic Bharat.
While the general sentiment presently in the country is to boycott Pakistan, the BCCI, India's cricketing body, is still undecided.
The Committee of Administrators (CoA), appointed by the Supreme Court to look into the affairs of the BCCI, held a meeting on Friday in this regard.
After deliberation on this matter, they came up to the conclusion that no decision can be taken without consulting the Indian government.