Indian calls to boycott the blockbuster clash of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, India vs Pakistan, are gaining heavy stream following the poor political relations between two countries.
Violence in Indian occupied Kashmir, where the Indian forces have been committing atrocities for decades, has given rise to the boycott voices for Ind vs Pak clash following hoaxed statements regarding Pakistani terror.
Notably, the two teams are set to kick-start their T20 World Cup campaign versus each other on 24th October 2021 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), despite the boycott voices, has urged that the pre-scheduled encounter cannot let the national team withdraw from it. Since 2008, following the deadly attacks in Mumbai, for which, India, without any solid proof, blamed Pakistan, has strongly condemned playing any bilateral against the men in green.
The arch-rivals last met in 2012 and have not faced other than ICC, ACC events since then. The teams' last meeting was back in ICC ODI World Cup 2019. Notably, the clash then got sanction solicitations too but happened anyways.
Rajeev Shukla, the vice president of the BCCI said to Indian media,
“We strongly condemn the killings. However, under the International Cricket Council's commitments, you can't refuse to play any one (game),”
Other politicians have also raised their voices as #BlackListPakistan trends on Twitter in India. However, the minority believes that politics and sports should not be mixed and the clash should progress as cataloged.