Cricket legend Kapil Dev lost his cool here at the Kabaddi World Cup media conference, where he was the chief guest, when a scribe asked why Pakistan had not been invited to take part in the tournament to be held from 7 October in Ahmedabad.
“If you are a Hindustani you should not ask the question at all. Is it the time to ask this question?” he asked fuming, obviously referring to the deadly fidayeen attack by militants suspected to be from Pakistan-based JeM on Sunday at Uri, which left 18 soldiers dead.
Kapil, who had unveiled the Indian team’s jersey at the conference, also said, “Such things should be left to the government to decide. As sportsmen representing the country if we are told to jump into a pond, we will readily do it.” Twelve teams, including India, are to take part in the third edition of the tournament and the list does not include Pakistan.
The tournament had been held in 2004 and 2007 prior to the upcoming edition.
(With PTI inputs)