Former India batsman turned TV analyst VVS Laxman believes that supporting the victims of the soldiers killed in the Pulwama terror attack last week is more important than discussing whether India should play Pakistan at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. (READ: BCCI drafts letter asking ICC to ban Pakistan: Report)

Speaking on Wednesday in Dubai at the WION Global Summit, during a panel talk titled ‘Is the ICC Cricket World Cup Headed back to South Asia?’, Laxman was asked about the speculation on whether India should boycott its World Cup match with Pakistan on June 16 at Old Trafford. (VIDEO: India, England favourites at World Cup: Laxman)

“We have to rally behind our security forces. In this time of mourning we have to stand with the families of the soldiers killed. We have to make sure that terrorists and terrorism end once and for all. And hence, cricket is the last thing on my mind,” Laxman said.