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Safety fears aside, most Indians want the Indo-Pak match-up to go on—win or lose Updates

77% Say Yes To Cricket
77% Say Yes To Cricket
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OUTLOOK-CFORE POLL ON INDIA'S CRICKET TOUR TO PAKISTAN
77% Say Yes To Cricket
Safety fears aside, most Indians want the Indo-Pak match-up to go on—win or lose

The Board of Cricket Control's team to assess security measures for the upcoming Indian cricket tour of Pakistan has expressed satisfaction with the steps taken by the hosts. "We are satisfied with the measures being planned by Pakistan," said BCCI joint secretary Ratnakar Shetty, part of the three-member delegation, which included Yashovardhan Azad, Inspector General of Police, ministry of home affairs.

Will that be comfort enough for players like Saurav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar, who, according to news reports, are on the hit list of the jehadis? Tasneem Noorani, secretary in the Pakistan interior ministry, has announced that his country was not aware of any specific threats issued by militant groups to disrupt the Indian tour. But what do the Indian people think? The Outlook Cfore poll in six cities, 15 years after the last Indian cricket tour of Pakistan, found the public divided on the issue of the team being in danger. Forty-three per cent feared for the players while 48 per cent thought there was no security threat.

A significant majority—over two-thirds—of those surveyed want the tour to go on and believe cricket can only be good for Indo-Pak ties. Our respondents are also surprisingly sporting cricket fans. More than three-fourths of our respondents said the tour should go on, even if India isn't confident of beating Pakistan. And even if India loses, the "feelgood factor" will not be affected.

And they feel for the men who go out and represent India on Pakistani fields. Fifty-nine per cent believe Indian cricketers are under too much pressure when they play the men from across the LoC. And they think it's unfair. Unfortunately, this belief isn't going to do anything to lower the pressure on Ganguly and his men.


 

Do you want the India cricket tour to Pakistan cancelled?
Yes 15
No 77
Can’t say 8
Do you think India and Pakistan playing cricket with each other helps improve relations between the two countries?
Yes 71
No 18
Can’t say 11
Is there a security threat for players like Ganguly and Tendulkar in Pakistan?
Yes 43
No 48
Can’t say 9
If India is not confident of winning in Pakistan, is it better to cancel the tour?
Yes 18
No 76
Can’t say 6
If India loses in Pakistan, will it dent the “feelgood factor” in the country?
Yes 24
No 60
Can’t say 16
It is believed there is too much pressure on players when they play Pakistan. Do you think this is unfair and the players should not be subjected to it?
Yes 59
No 24
Can’t say 17
All figures in percentage

Methodology
Cfore conducted the opinion poll in six metros—Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta, Bangalore and Hyderabad. A randomly selected sample of 719 among Sec-A and Sec-B categories in these cities were interviewed using a structured questionnaire on February 10 and 11.
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