Pakistan seems impossible now: Gavaskar

CNN-IBN
Dec 11, 2008 at 10:28am IST

New Delhi: Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar believes that India's tour of Pakistan scheduled for next month looks "impossible" in the present scenario.

"I think under the present circumstance, when at the highest political and diplomatic level there has been a fallout because of what has happened, I think cricket would not be an exception," Gavaskar told CNN-IBN when asked if cricketing ties between India and Pakistan following the Mumbai terror attack last month.

"Cricket would be affected by all that unless the signals come from the highest political level. I don't see why cricket won't follow the suit and so at the moment it is impossible to go ahead with the tour," said Gavaskar.

Gavaskar also said that the much talked about security has taken focus away from the game so far but it won't be a distraction for the players from either side.

"I think what has happened in last few days, security has taken precedence over cricket. Cricketers being professionals would focus on the next ball. They have got to undergo these things because it is for betterment of everybody. So I don't think thats going to be much of distraction for them," opined Gavaskar.

"The dressing room is sanitised anyway and probably it would mean there would not be many people around to throw their autograph books and probably little less noise as you walk out to bat. Over a period of time you get used to this fact of life that when you play in India, there is always going to be somebody around you just to make sure that you are safe," he added.

The former skipper also lauded the England team for returning to India for the Test series.

"The show must go on and one has to commend the English team which has come back to that spirit. Often wonder how do players adjust to this overwhelming security around them and focus on the game and only the game," Gavaskar stated.

Over 200 people were killed and at least 300 were injured in the Mumbai attack carried out by Pakistan-based terrorists.

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