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Decision to cancel Pak tour evokes strong response

cricket Updated: Dec 19, 2008 14:45 IST
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India's cricket tour of Pakistan has been officially called off with the government refusing permission to the team to travel across the border in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks. Our surfers' have overwhelmingly supported the decision to call off the Pak tour.

Joseph Wilson from Ernakulam says yes, the Govt has taken the right decision to show that we are serious and mean business. Cricket relations have not shown any difference in Pakistan's attitude towards India. Mani Pillai from New Zealand says it would be inappropriate to send a cricket team right now. The people and government of Pakistan must deal with terror activities originating from their soil.

Ashish Bhardwaj from Anantpur echoes Pillai's sentiment and feels that India should break all commercial ties with Pakistan too until the Pak Govt hands over all terrorists to India. Vipul Sharma from USA says we should show our displeasure to Pakistan in every possible way. Pakistan should realise that diplomatic relations with India will suffer as an implication of their policies. In fact, India should close its consulate and revoke all visas given to Pakistanis.

Subodh Mathu from USA believes this is an effective form of 'economic sanctions' imposed by India. It has a high symbolic and strategic value because everyone understands it is no longer business-as-usual. At the same time, it avoids the problems to ordinary people by cutting-off bus or train service.

An angry Rahul Shegaonkar from Canada says you should be ashamed to ask these kind of questions, given the fact that Pakistans co-operation with India is not even bare minimum. Pak denied its links, declined to arrest Masood, handover terrorists, why do you think we should play with such a country?

Yesterday the decision to pull out of the series has left Pakistani cricketers disappointed. Shahid Afridi says that the game of cricket should go on if India wants to normalise relations with Pakistan. When our government and the cricket board had given them security assurance, I think they should have believed us. Imran Khan, former Pakistan captain, echoes Afridi's sentiments and says, "I feel Pakistan is hard done by the decision. It's double standards by India."

Meanwhile, former Indian cricketers, welcomed the government's decision to call off the Indian team's tour of Pakistan, saying it is not the right time to play a series in pakistan in the wake of Mumbai terror attacks.

Ajit wadekar, former India skipper and coach, feels the government has taken the right decision taking into account the threat to the life of our cricketers. Had the players gone ahead with the tour there would have been tremendous pressure. Even Anil Kumble believes it is a good decision under the circumstances.