It is common knowledge that things are not as great as they can be with Pakistan and India. Though we haven’t exactly buried the hatchet on issues that have transpired over the years, the relation between the sporting teams of the respective countries have always managed to keep it civil to date. As a matter of fact, the player in the name of good sportsmanship, have always handled things with bonhomie and characteristic respect towards each other; a commendable feat by both the sides.
But while everything might seem to be in its proper place from the outside, it goes without saying, that there is a long standing docile rivalry between the two nation’s cricketing teams, which becomes fully animated as the two battle it out at the cricket field. The ban imposed on the Pakistani players, following the Mumbai blasts in 2008, was recently lifted and the India was just warming up to the idea of the inclusion of the players in the Indian Premier League Cricket tournament, ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup and Hockey Indian League when the recent unsavory incident at the border, have the BCCI in a catch-22 situation.
The tension at the border has ebbed over to the Hockey fields where Shiv Sena activists protested the presence of the players in the Indian hockey league. Indian Premier League’s decision to welcome back the Pakistani players is also met with protests by the same group which has made it clear that they will not allow the participation of a Pakistani in any sport or game held in Mumbai.
According to ICC Women’s World Cup news, this tournament will also be held in Mumbai, which is a land mine waiting to explode. Fearing the safety of their female athletes, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has wrote to the International Cricket Council (ICC) asking the association to ensure better security measures and a change of venue for the matches involving the Pakistani team if the step is considered necessary with accordance to ensured security.
There is also the potential threat of calling back the players akin to what happened to the nine hockey players who were sent back to their country. But a World Cup without the Pakistan team is incomplete and bordering on unimaginable. The trouble started again this year following the killing of two Indian army personnel by Pakistani soldiers. The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup schedule is from January 31 to February 17.