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Virat Kohli on Indo-Pak World Cup game: We will respect government decision

Virat Kohli. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 23, 2019, 12.56 PM (IST)

The skipper of Indian cricket team Virat Kohli has expressed sincere condolences to the families of martyred Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, who lost their lives in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama on February 14. 

Lately, in the wake of the ghastly terror, there have been calls for a complete cricketing boycott against Pakistan. 

While speaking on the eve of a bilateral series against Australia, Kohli addressed the spiralling issue. He said, "Our stand is simple. We stick by what the nation wants to do and what the BCCI decides to do and that is basically our opinion." 

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"Whatever the government and the board decide, we will eventually go by that and will respect that. So that is our stand on this particular issue," Kohli added.


Kohli's stand is pretty similar to what chief coach Ravi Shastri echoed in an interview to a television channel where he said that the team will "accept whatever decision that the government takes."

The chief of Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) Vinod Rai decided against taking any stand on the match but urged the ICC and other nations to "sever ties" with countries from where "terrorism emanates". 

India are scheduled to play Pakistan on June 16 during the World Cup. 

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Kohli's stand is pretty similar to what chief coach Ravi Shastri, who said will "accept whatever decision that the government takes."