Rencently recalled in test team Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday said that we should complete freeze on ties with Pakistan till the time cross-border terrorism does not end, saying that “Indian lives are more important than sports”.
“I absolutely endorse that we should have no ties with Pakistan until the time this cross-border terrorism finishes, because I feel that people absolutely need to put themselves in the shoes of those who’ve lost their kids, someone who’s lost their father, son or husband,” Gambhir tol. “Obviously I can say this sitting in an AC room, that we should not play or whatever, that cricket should not be compared with politics, Bollywood should not be compared with politics, but people who’ve lost their loved ones obviously feel … if you ask them, you’ll get the answer.
“I would not even think of playing cricket with Pakistan. Indian lives are more important than sports,” Gambhir told media persons in New Delhi.
Beside Gautam Gambhir other cricketers like Viral Kohli, India’s Test captain and former opener Virender Sehwag had condemned the Uri attack of September 18 on an army camp which claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers.
The Indian team has not played a bilateral series with Pakistan since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. India were due to tour Pakistan in January 2009 but that series was cancelled following the attacks.
Another scheduled series in March-April 2012 was also cancelled after the Indian government refused to give the green signal to the tour.