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India and Pakistan share a special rivalry

If you are reading the headlines in the Indian media, you get the impression that India might forfeit the 16 June group game against Pakistan in Manchester.

Summary

  • Image copyright Reuters Image caption India and Pakistan share a special rivalry If you are reading the headlines in the Indian media, you get the impression that India might forfeit the 16 June group game against Pakistan in Manchester.
  • But as Ramachandra Guha wrote in A Corner of a Foreign Field, a magisterial history of Indian cricket, “the disagreements between Hindus and Muslims before 1947, and between India and Pakistan since, have thrown a long shadow across the playing fields in the world”.
  • Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Matches between the two sides are often charged with jingoism Indians who support the match boycott say forfeiting points in a group game will not hurt India in a round robin tournament.
  • But cancellation of what is arguably the biggest and most-awaited match of the tournament would hugely hurt the cricket World Cup.
  • India has never lost a World Cup game to Pakistan.


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