“Whether or not we should play with a terrorist country like Pakistan in international events ” was the question floating in the Indian media since last two weeks. Even the Indian citizens at large were in two minds on this issue. Many Indians believed that India is not playing to Pakistan in any bilateral events so if we play with them in multi country events its fine, moreover not playing and boycotting them will cost India’s chances in the tournaments and Pakistan will gain undue points.
The other Indians felt that its better to loose some points in the group stage if we are able to give a strong message to the world that we are boycotting a nation which produces harbors Islamic terrorists.
With these discussions going on in the main stream media and social media the government of refused to intervene, put the onus on the respective sporting federations and they were asked to decide if they want the teams to play against Pakistan or not. The Board of cricket control in India and the Hockey India both decided that the Indian national team will participate in the ongoing tournaments and teams will play Pakistan too.