Kabaddi World Cup: Kapil Dev loses cool over question on Pakistan's absence from tournament

Kapil Dev lost his cool at the Kabaddi World Cup media conference when a scribe asked why Pakistan had not been invited to take part in the tournament.

PTI, Sep, 20 2016

Mumbai: Cricket legend Kapil Dev on Tuesday lost his cool at the Kabaddi World Cup media conference in Mumbai, 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 Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) on Sunday at Uri, which left 18 soldiers dead.

File photo of Kapil Dev. Reuters

File photo of Kapil Dev. Reuters

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.

Anup Kumar from Haryana will lead India in the World Cup. All-rounder Manjeet Chillar will be Anup's deputy in the 14-member squad for the tournament.

The countries which will take part in the tournament are Iran, South Korea, Bangladesh, USA, England, Australia, Poland, Thailand, Japan, Argentina, Kenya and hosts India. Balwan Singh is the head coach of the squad with E Baskaran as his deputy.

Published Date: Sep 20, 2016 | Updated Date: Sep 20, 2016



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6379 120
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119