~~Indo-Pak One-dayers akin to gladiatorial contest~~

Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2001, 0:57 [IST]
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New Delhi: India decided to stop playing cricket against Pakistan because the game had been reduced to a "gladiatorial contest," External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh said on Monday. "The Sports Ministry had informed us that the One-day cricket is less cricket and more a gladiatorial contest," he said in response to a question at a news conference about why New Delhi was against playing cricket against Pakistan when it had decided to invite that country's military ruler, Gen Pervez Musharraf, for talks. India had refused to take part in a recent triangular tournament in Sharjah that involved Pakistan and Sri Lanka. But Singh said India continued to take part in hockey, football, volleyball and other games in which Pakistan participated. He noted that a junior volleyball team had taken part in a tournament in Pakistan recently, "though they did have some unfortunate experiences".

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