“India should not play Pakistan at World Cup,” CCI chief condemns Pulwama attack
Virat Kohli and Sarfraz Ahmed ahead of the Champions Trophy final in 2017. (AFP Image)

Suresh Bafna, president of the Cricket Club of India, does not want India to play Pakistan at this year’s World Cup, in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack, in which over 40 CRPF personnel were killed. India and Pakistan have played each other six times in the World Cup, with their seventh encounter set to take place on June 16 at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is yet to address the matter and Bafna, speaking to ANI feels that Imran’s absence is an indication of Pakistan being somewhere at fault. “We condemn the terror activities carried out against our army and CRPF personnel. Though CCI is a sporting association but nation comes first even before sports,” Bafna said.

“He (Imran Khan) should respond. He is the Prime Minister and if he believes that Pakistan has no role to play in the attack then why is he not coming out openly. He should come out openly. People should know the truth. He is not coming out openly which means that there are Stains in their folds.”

Bafna also mentioned that the portrait of Imran, which hangs at the Brabourne Stadium headquarters, has been covered which is a way of the CCI condemning the attack. Imran has twice played at the Brabourne Stadium, leading Pakistan in a festival match against India in 1987 and two years later against Australia in a Nehru Cup match.

“We called a meeting on the very next day of the attack and to condemn the attack, we decided to cover the photo. We”ll be deciding soon how to remove the photo,” he said.

Following the attack, many current and former India cricketers have made significant donations towards the victims who have suffered because of the attack, including Virender Sehwag, Shikhar Dhawan and many more.