The call to boycott cultural and cricket ties with Pakistan has clouded the sports community, especially after a top official of BCCI said that the World Cup 2019 between the neighbours will not be conducted if the government opposes.
Republic spoke exclusively to the former captain of the Indian Hockey team, Sardara Singh who expressing his sadness agreed that Pakistan should be banned.
He said, "After the incidence, there is sadness in the country. I'd like to say, I don't know politically, but as a sportsperson, looking at everything around, Pakistani should be banned, be it the sports industry or the music industry. I still remember the Champions Trophy that we played and the way they celebrated after winning, I don't think they deserve looking at the things that are happening again and again. If Pakistan is doing this, then they should be banned."
Speaking over the Republic campaign to #BoycottPakistan, the Hockey player was in accordance with the idea of banning the neighbour nation and acknowledged the country standing in unity.
He said, "The entire country is standing in solidarity today, people are with the jawans and supporting their families, that's a good sign. Let's hope that everything that comes ahead is in our favour and for the good."
"Like I said, looking at the things, I am standing with that. We play sports so our relationship strengthens, but even after playing things are getting worse. The nation should stand together," he added.
The government of India has called for breaking cricket ties with Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack. Union Minister Smriti Irani stated that under the current scenario, the thought of cricket between India and Pakistan itself is unimaginable.
"At a time when the wives of our brave jawans are crying, no one can think of cricket," she said.
Ravi Shankar Prasad echoed the same opinion while speaking exclusively to Republic TV, at a time when a huge section of people in India are demanding Pakistan to be boycotted, the Union Minister said that it will be a disservice to the security forces and martyrs if India plays cricket with the country which nurtures terrorism.
"The cricket administration will look into this, but hugs, kisses and sixes of cricket coming along with the bodies of the martyrs, should be thought upon. But there is a system will discuss and let us know," he added.