Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack. When quizzed over whether India should play against Pakistan in the 2019 World Cup, the former right-handed batsman said that cricket should be the last thing on anyone’s mind.
“I think cricket is the last thing on my mind at the moment. The country is devastated and angry following the cowardly attack on the soldiers. Cricket is the last thing on anyone’s mind.” Laxman said at the WION Global Summit in Dubai.
“We need to rally behind the security forces and the families of those martyred, and stand together against terrorists as well as terrorism,” the 44-year-old added.
Speculations are rife that India might not play Pakistan on June 16 at the World Cup but there has been no official announcement from any of the board.
Laxman, during a discussion on the topic ‘Is the ICC Cricket World Cup headed back to South Asia’, termed India and England as favourites for the upcoming quadrennial event.
“I think there is nothing bigger than the World Cup in the ODI format of the game. However, the way the Indian team has played over the last one year indicates that they are a complete side. It is indeed a challenging achievement to beat Australia at home. The current side comprises of a quality bowling attack which includes excellent fast bowlers and resources in the bowling department, capable of picking wickets and restricting the flow of runs,” he said.