Sunil Gavaskar says India should not boycott the World Cup clash (Picture: Getty)India have been urged not to boycott their World Cup clash with Pakistan by former captain Sunil Gavaskar.
Legendary spinner Harbhajan Singh is among those who have called on India to boycott the World Cup group match at Old Trafford on June 16.
India have accused arch-rivals Pakistan of supporting a terrorist attack in Kashmir which left more than 40 people dead.
Gavaskar has suggested avoiding bilateral series against Pakistan but says forfeiting points in a World Cup match would only be hurting Virat Kohli’s team.
England and Wales hosts the Cricket World Cup this summer (Picture: Getty)The India legend said: ‘If they decide not to play Pakistan in the World Cup, who wins? Pakistan get two points. We have beaten them every time in World Cups.
‘We can play them and beat them and make sure they don’t reach the semi-finals. Not playing bilateral series against Pakistan hurts them.
‘I know India are strong enough to qualify by not even playing Pakistan. But it’s a World Cup, it’s two points…’
Gavaskar, who made over 200 appearances for India, added: ‘If there were no points given, I would say don’t play them.
Virat Kohli’s side are one of the tournament favourites (Picture: Getty)‘[But] my best response as a player would be to go and play them and beat them and deny them two points.
‘Not playing them will hurt us, because it’s a World Cup. We lose two points, Pakistan will get those two points.’
The BCCI have reportedly been asked to send a letter to the ICC asking the governing body to chuck Pakistan out of the World Cup.
‘They can try but it will not happen,’ Gavaskar told India Today. ‘It will not happen because the other member countries have to accept that.