The recent killings in Jammu and Kashmir of civilians and security personnel have triggered calls for the match, scheduled for October 24, to be cancelled, or at least reconsidered.
Arch-rivals India and Pakistan will open their respective campaigns at the ICC World T20 2021 on October 24, against each other in Dubai. However, the build-up to the match has been dominated by politicians in India demanding that the contest be cancelled, or at least reconsidered, due to the recent killings of civilians and security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir.
Here’s what politicians have said on the contest, either individually, or on behalf of their respective parties:
This is not for the first time when such a demand has been raised. Most recently, in 2019, several people called for the BCCI to boycott the clash with Pakistan at the 50-over World Cup, due to the Pulwama suicide attack which took place earlier that year.