Ganguly clarifies World Cup comment: My response nothing to do with Tendulkar statement

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly has clarified his “I want the World Cup” statement and said his response had nothing to do with Sachin Tendulkar’s statement on whether India should play Pakistan in the 2019 ICC World Cup on June 16.In the wake of Pulwama terror attack on February 14, several former Indian cricketers including Sourav Ganguly have urged India to forfeit the match against Pakistan in the showpiece event in Manchester on June 16.It was one of the deadliest attacks on the Indian armed forces, claiming the lives of at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad took the responsibility for the attack.However, Tendulkar endorsed Sunil Gavaskar’s view that India would be better off beating Pakistan in the World Cup than forfeiting the match.Ganguly on Sunday took to Twitter to clarify his statement.”A lot of people in the media is trying to put my statement against Sachin’s when I said ‘I want the World Cup’. My response has got nothing to do with his statement, nor is my statement against his.. he is, has been and will be one of my best friends for last 25 years,” Ganguly wrote on Twitter.A lot of people in the media is trying to put my statement against sachin s when I said I want the World CupMy response has got nothing to do with his statement, nor is my statement against his .. he is, has been and will be one of my best friends for last 25 years @sachin_rtadvertisementSourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) February 24, 2019Tendulkar had said he would ‘hate’ to give away two points to Pakistan by not playing in the World Cup and India should rather beat them again to maintain the unbeaten record over the arch-rivals.”India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the World Cup. Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament,” said Tendulkar.”Having said that, for me India always comes first, so whatever my country decides, I will back that decision with all my heart,” the legendary batsman added.Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly had earlier backed a complete boycott of cricketing ties with Pakistan.”He [Sachin Tendulkar] wants two points against Pakistan, I want the World Cup. Whichever way you look at it,” Ganguly was quoted as saying.Also Read | harad Pawar hits out at critics for slamming Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Virat Kohli on World Cup clash vs Pakistan: We will go by what government and BCCI decideAlso Read | Indian government informed about BCCI decision to isolate Pakistan: Vinod Railast_img read more