Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Should India play Pakistan in Champions Trophy?



Pic Courtesy : +Star Sports 



Lot of fuss has been made about the 4th June match between India and Pakistan particularly by few media houses and groups. One example is +Zee News who are relentlessly taking up this issue in their popular prime time show #DNA and on other shows.




Here is what is their logic behind boycotting the match:
  • Soldiers are giving their life due to Pakistan sponsored terrorism at border and we are playing cricket
  • What will the families of these soldiers think when two captains will shake hands or probably hug each other during match (really?)
  • We curse Pakistan in every way, but when it comes to cricket, 4s and 6s becomes more important (literal translation)
  • Is money more important for BCCI than the National interest
  • Virat Kohli shows a lot of pain on social media but actually does nothing
  • It feels like Kohli is very excited to play match with Pakistan
  • If like the Cricket Team, Indian soldiers also starts shaking hands with Pakistani soldiers than how would you feel!
  • Cricketers can learn a lot from Gautam Gambhir who announced to bear the cost of the education of the children of Sukhma incident.
  • Indian cricketers earn a lot of money from matches and endrosements but never comes forward to offer their duties as citizens of the country (really?)
  • Is time pass more important for you than the national interest?

These are the actual points taken from the following #DNA clip narrated by famous Sudhir Chaudhary.




I am sure many of you will feel that these points does not call for such detailed analysis by us and should be taken lightly. But when it comes to National Interest, should we take anything lightly? (pun intended)
Therefore, here is the point by point rebuttal of the above points raised by Zee News.

  • DNA: Soldiers are giving their life due to Pakistan sponsored terrorism at border and we are playing cricket
    WRM: Though cricketers are not sacrificing their lives for the Nation like our soldiers do but the pride they carry for the Nation in their hearts is similar. They play under the Indian flag and when they beat Pakistan, it fills us all with pride.
  • DNA: What will the families of these soldiers think when two captains will shake hands or probably hug each other during match (really?)
    WRM: You know when the DGMOs meet on the border or talk over the hotline, they also exchange hellos; they don't start the talks by cursing each other. You ever heard the word professional courtesy?
  • DNA: We curse Pakistan in every way, but when it comes to cricket, 4s and 6s becomes more important (literal translation)
    WRM: When it comes to playing against Pakistan, be it cricket or any other sport, we don't care about 4s and 6s, we want India to beat them badly; everytime!
  • DNA: Is money more important for BCCI than the National interest
    WRM: BCCI is no saint, everyone knows that. But you should push Govt. to close all the trade ties with Pakistan, if you really care. Or do this: only sell, don't buy.
  • DNA: Virat Kohli shows a lot of pain on social media but actually does nothing
    WRM: Virat Kohli is a great ambassador of India who is representing the Nation well. We should get inspired by him and excel in our fields instead of criticizing him unnecessarily.
  • DNA: It feels like Kohli is very excited to play match with Pakistan
    WRM: We are all very excited because we want to see those hanging faces of Pakistani players and supporters.
  • DNA: If like the Cricket Team, Indian soldiers also starts shaking hands with Pakistani soldiers than how would you feel!
    WRM: When it is in professional courtesy, it is done by Prime Ministers, Army DGMOs, Players and who not!
  • DNA: Cricketers can learn a lot from Gautam Gambhir who announced to bear the cost of the education of the children of Sukhma incident.
    WRM: Is Gautam Gambhir not a cricketer? Has he said anything against this match? If he was in team, wouldn't he played this match?
  • DNA: Indian cricketers earn a lot of money from matches and endorsements but never comes forward to offer their duties as citizens of the country (really?)
    WRM: Like our jawans, cricketers are also executing their duties by playing for the nation. Blaming BCCI can be okay but criticizing players is foolish.
  • DNA: Is time pass more important for you than the national interest?
    WRM: Cheering for India and supporting those who represent India on world stage is a great time pass to have.


As they have already mentioned in the above clip, we have not played any bilateral tournament since 5 years with Pakistan and no one is complaining. Not public and not a single player of team India.

India of today knows that Cricket is not important than International diplomacy. Those days are gone when we were fighting Kargil war with Pakistan and public was busy in World Cup. (But that also has to do a lot with what media was focusing on at that time.)

India has already made a right decision by not playing any bilateral series and to ban Pakistani players in Indian leagues such as +Indian Premier League | IPL and Pro Kabaddi etc. Playing Pakistan in an international tournament is different thing and before opposing that we should take many more steps diplomatically. Remember we still have our consulate in Pakistan and have many trade arrangements with them. Lets proceed in the direction of breaking all these ties and then think about walking out of these tournaments.

We loved +Zee News because it talks about National Interest. But we suggest you to be a little rational in your reporting. India has many important things to do and many important areas to focus on than Cricket with Pakistan!

Jai Hind! 




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