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“…….Our Blood Is Spilled” S Jaishankar Puts His Foot Down On India-Pak Cricket Ties


Jay Shah, the secretary of the BCCI, had categorically denied the rumors that Team India will visit Pakistan earlier in October

New Delhi: S. Jaishankar, India’s minister of external affairs, has sent a clear message about cross-border terrorism by denying any cricketing relations between India and Pakistan. Recently, the BCCI announced that India would not be visiting Pakistan for the 2023 Asia Cup. All of this caused the BCCI and PCB to have a major argument.

Additionally, Jaishankar explained, “Tournaments keep coming and you are aware of the government’s stand. Let’s see what happens. It is a complicated issue. Will you talk to me if I put a gun on your head? If your neighbor aids terrorism out in the open and there is no mystery about who the leaders are, where the camps are. We should never think that cross-border terrorism is normal. Give me another example where one neighbor sponsoring terrorism against another. There is no such example. In a way, this is not even abnormal, but exceptional.” The External minister said this in his interview at Agenda Aaj Tak.

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On the contrary,  Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ramiz Raja earlier this month said that if Pakistan’s hosting rights for the Asia Cup 2023 are revoked as a result of the Indian squad refusing to visit their nation, Pakistan may think about quitting the competition.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah had completely dismissed the speculations of Team India travelling to Pakistan for the event and said that the Asia Cup would be held at a neutral venue. The last such bilateral series was back in 2012.

“You know our stand on cricket. We should never accept that a country has the right to sponsor terror. Unless we don’t delegitimize this, it will continue. So, there should be global pressure on Pakistan. The pressure won’t come unless the victims of terror don’t voice themselves. India should, in a way, lead the way because our blood is spilled,” said EAM S Jaishankar.


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