Irfan Pathan, Parthiv Patel back BCCI’s decision of having ‘no cricketing ties’ with Pakistan

In the backdrop of the Uri terror attack, BCCI president Anurag Thakur had last month ruled out any cricketing ties with Pakistan.

By: ANI | Jaipur | Published:October 6, 2016 2:39 pm
Irfan Pathan, Pathan, Parthiv Patel, Parthiv, Patel, BCCI, India vs Pakistan, India Pakistan, India Pakistan cricket, cricket news, sports, sports news Irfan Pathan and Parthiv Patel were together prior to the start of the Ranji Trophy encounter between Gujarat and Baroda. (Source: PTI)

Expressing their solidarity with the nation and the Indian Army, out of favour cricketers Irfan Pathan and Parthiv Patel have come out in support of BCCI’s decision to not play cricket with Pakistan, saying it is not the right time to play cricket with the arch-rival.

“For me country comes first. We must support whatever the government decides in such situations,” Pathan said in the backdrop of Uri terror attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were martyred.

Echoing similar sentiments, wicket-keeper batsman Patel said, “BCCI president has clearly said that there is no question of cricket with Pakistan. So, we support it and also our government’s stand.”

In the backdrop of the Uri terror attack, BCCI president Anurag Thakur had last month ruled out any cricketing ties with Pakistan, saying even considering such a thought is not appropriate.

“There are no tests or bilateral matches scheduled for this year with Pakistan and the question of playing against Pakistan today does not arise,” he had said.

“We have defeated Pakistan in three wars and all the world cup cricket matches. We can still maul Pakistan. But it is important to isolate it globally,” he reiterated.

Thakur’s statement was ridiculed by former Pakistan cricketers, who feel India have avoided playing cricket with Pakistan even when the ties between the countries were better.

Former Pakistan skipperMohammad Yousuf had urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take notice of Thakur ‘political’ statement, asking him to speak like a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader or as a cricket board head.

The relationship between the two estranged neighbours has plunged to a new low in recent times in the wake of Uri terror attack and the subsequent surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army along the Line of Control (LoC).

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    adam khan
    Oct 6, 2016 at 11:59 pm
    stan shouldnt worry about India cricket series they have other nations to play with but if they meet in world cups stan should make sure they beat these istanis they have weak hearts and wont be able to handle defeat Nawaz sharif should resign and we need to make better foreign policy to expose India for all the m murder of innocent muslims rapes torture moodi needs to be arrested for war crimes and destroying Babry masjid
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    SYED
    Oct 6, 2016 at 4:21 pm
    what a mindset of kurra... if irfan had said we should play cricket with stan then Mr.only nationalist(khurra) would have linked it terrorist.. even u would have told he met hafeez saeed, agent of stan etc.. when he said we should not play then 'Poor Irfan is compelled to show his loyalty with India, he has no other choice.lt;br/gt;'what a great mind of our nationalist rss prachraks toward muslims of india..sabka sath rrs ke vikas
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    SYED
    Oct 6, 2016 at 4:21 pm
    what a mindset of kurra... if irfan had said we should then Mr.only nationalist(khurra) would have linked it terrorist.. even u would have told he met hafeez saeed, agent of stan etc.. when he said we should not play then u told 'Poor Irfan is compelled to show his loyalty with India, he has no other choice.lt;br/gt;'what a great mind of our nationalist rss prachraks toward muslims of india..sabka sath rrs ke vikas
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    KHURRA
    Oct 6, 2016 at 2:38 pm
    Poor Irfan is compelled to show his loyalty with India, he has no other choice.
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    m
    Oct 8, 2016 at 5:29 am
    This is culture of Gujarat speaking not hybred fusion of Bollywood
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    Pramod Shankhdhar
    Oct 6, 2016 at 11:17 am
    At least our cricket fraternity appears to be more mature than these bhands in bollywood.
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