Why India Should Play Pakistan at the World Cup, Despite Pulwama Attack

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Why India Should Play Pakistan at the World Cup, Despite Pulwama Attack

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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pril 15, 2007, would have been a red-letter day in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. It was the day India was supposed to play Pakistan.

All the anticipation was dealt a harsh blow when both sides exited the competition prematurely, not getting the chance to play each other. In place of the much-touted India-Pakistan encounter, Bangladesh and Ireland played each other. If someone was looking for an example of a terrible alternative, this was it. The 2007 World Cup, one of the least memorable in cricket history, lay threadbare a truth everyone knew — if India didn’t progress, it was a financial catastrophe for the sponsors. And also, an India-Pakistan encounter was what everyone wished to see, even more than the final.

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