Gandhinagar: In the middle of his Gujarat campaign, Congress (Vice) President Rahul Gandhi has already started pitching for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Speaking at an election rally earlier today, Mr. Gandhi said that once Congress returns in center, they will ban India- Sri Lanka tours on priority. This announcement from him was greeted with the loudest cheer of the day.
Addressing the crowd, Mr. Gandhi said ,”Today, there is a decisive 5th day of a Test match in progress but you are here at a political rally instead of watching that match. In a cricket mad country like India, isn’t it shocking? This is happening because of the really high frequency of India- Sri Lanka matches, across formats, and it is making people disinterested in Cricket. To get people interested in Cricket again, we will ban all bilateral series between these two countries and nobody will ever ignore a Test match involving India again.”
Taking a dig at the Modi government, he added ,”Current government is totally oblivious of the torture being inflicted on the dedicated Indian fans through these matches. RSS members only know Lathi, they can’t appreciate a bat and this government is run by RSS.”
Reacting sharply to this statement by Rahul Gandhi, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said ,”Today Rahul Ji is attacking us for high frequency of India-Sri Lanka matches but he is forgetting the time during UPA government when there was an India-Sri Lanka match every other day. Indian players spent more time with Jayawardene and Sangakkara than their spouses during that time. Why didn’t he ask Manmohan Singh Ji to ban these tours then?”
Meanwhile, BCCI is already drawing up list of probables to replace Sri Lanka as the default opponent during any break for the Indian players. Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan are the names currently under consideration.