India shouldn’t play Pakistan in World Cup, says Harbhajan

Harbhajan said India is strong enough to win the World Cup even if it decides to forfeit the match against Pakistan in Manchester on June 16.

Veteran Harbhajan Singh opined that India should avoid playing the upcoming 2019 World Cup match against Pakistan.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh doesn’t want India to play Pakistan in the upcoming ODI World Cup in the aftermath of the ghastly terror attack in Pulwama.

Harbhajan said India is strong enough to win the World Cup even if it decides to forfeit the match against Pakistan in Manchester on June 16.

Harbhajan’s statement came after the terror attack in Pulwama killed 40 personnel CRPF personnel. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad had claimed responsibility for the ghastly act.

“India should not play Pakistan in the world Cup. India are powerful enough to win the World Cup without having to play Pakistan,” Harbhajan told Aaj Tak news channel.

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“This is a difficult time. The attack that has happened, it was unbelievable and it’s very wrong. Strict action will surely be taken by the government. When it comes to cricket, I don’t think we should have any relations with them otherwise they will keep treating us like this,” he added.

Harbhajan said India doesn’t need to revive any sort of sporting ties with Pakistan as a mark of respect for the armed forces.

“I don’t think India should play the World Cup match against Pakistan. Country comes first and we are all standing behind our country. Cricket or hockey or sports, it should be kept aside because this is a huge thing and repeatedly our soldiers are killed,” he said.

“We should not keep any kind of ties with Pakistan. We are powerful enough to feed the world on our own. Cricket, sports is not as important. We stand with every member of the defence forces. Their sacrifices should no go to waste,” Harbhajan said.