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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Its time to end cricketing diplomacy with Pakistan
The initiative taken by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in the upcoming semi final between India and Pakistan can have an inverse effect. If India loses the match, it will be perceived as a sponsored move by Indian spectators.
EVERY INDIA vs Pakistan cricket match is traditionally seen as a sort of ‘war’ amongst citizens of India and Pakistan. As such, it is indeed a wrong move to give too much importance on an official level to the World Cup semi-final that will be played at Mohali between India and Pakistan on March 30 2011.
Even Indian Prime Minister, who avoided his presence in the recently held 34th National Games at Ranchi, should have avoided going to see Mohali cricket-match to take the event as normal one.

Likewise, playing diplomatic by inviting President and Prime Minister of Pakistan by Dr Manmohan Singh was uncalled for. Although dignitaries like the then President Zia-ul-Haq and Pervez Musharraf had come over to India on the invitation of Rajiv Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh respectively, it did not bring any peace in their political agendas.

However, in President Musharraf's book, In The Line of Fire, he had clearly mentioned that the visit had begun on a very informal note but ended in a "very positive joint declaration".

Any likely defeat of Indian cricket team in presence of Pakistani dignitaries can be taken as a deliberate or sponsored one by people of India as part of diplomatic gesture-gift to Pakistani leaders if they accept invitation of Indian Prime Minister to be part of the ‘warring’ event of World Cup cricket semi-final.

It will be advisable that Dr Manmohan Singh cancels his visit to Mohali on 30th March 2011 in name of ‘urgent’ work like he did for not going to Ranchi for National Games.
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