October 18, 2016: The Indo-Pak disparity including the ban on Pakistani actors has been a topic of discussion in the entire nation and not only the Politicians but by Priyanka Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap from Bollywood as well.
Apart from that, players like Gautam Gambhir, who recently made a comeback in the Indian test team; Virendra Sehwag the former opener, Virat Kohli, India’s test team captain and Indian hockey team captain PR Sreejesh have also expressed their opinions and sorrow on the death of Indian soldiers in recent attacks, mentioned a TOI report.
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Gautam Gambhir has particularly opposed the bonds of India and Pakistan on all the levels saying that India should have no connection with its neighbouring state until all the cross-border issues of Terrorism are solved.
Gambhir told TOI, “I absolutely endorse that we should have no ties with Pakistan until the time this cross-border terrorism finishes because I feel that people absolutely need to put themselves in the shoes of those who’ve lost their kids, someone who’s lost their father, son or husband.”
He also put this statement that it is easy to say “don’t compare cricket with politics” but it hard to accept. He has further urged people to think of the miseries of the families, wives and kids of the martyred soldiers who die while serving for their country and protecting its honour.
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After the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, the cricketing relations between India and Pakistan have dropped down which led to Pakistan being the only major Test nation with no representation in the present defunct Champions League Twenty-Twenty and also the IPL, which came as a shock and huge disappointment for Pakistan.
India cancelled its due tour to Pakistan in January 2009 after the 26/11 attacks. Another planned series of March-April 2012 was also dismissed and in its place, the Asia Cup was then held in Bangladesh.
In ODIs, both the nations last met in the 2015 ICC World Cup and in T20s during the Asian Cup in Dhaka and the ICC World Twenty-Twenty in Kolkata and have stopped playing the Test cricket together since December 2007.
– prepared by Chesta Ahuja, NewsGram. Twitter: @ahuja_chesta