Pulwama Attack Fallout: So will Pakistan get two points if India boycotts World Cup fixture? No, they will not! A Special General Meeting of the board took place on June 22 last year and the BCCI is yet to sign the Members Participation Agreement (MPA). This puts India in a favourable position when it comes to taking the final call on whether to play or not. In the wake of the Pulwama attacks that shook the country, India blacked out the D-Sport which was the official broadcaster of the PSL in the country. Now, there is a chorus that does not want the match to go ahead as planned after the dastardly incident that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF jawans. The common notion is that India will lose out on the two points if they decide to forfeit the match, but that does not seem to be the case.
The India vs Pakistan tie is slated to take place on June 16 at Manchester.
“The BCCI had resolved at the Special General Meeting that the members participation agreement shall not be executed without the authorization of the general body of the BCCI and the BCCI reserves all its rights regarding the MPA and regarding its participation in any other multi-nation tournament or games not covered by the MPA. That answers your question,” BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry said while speaking to Hindustan Times.
“There is no indication that any World Cup match will not go ahead as planned. Sport, in particular cricket, has the wonderful ability to bring people together and unite communities. We will work with our members on that basis,” ICC CEO David Richardson was quoted as saying.
Earlier, on February 14, at least 40 CRPF jawans were killed after a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into one of the vans of the military convoy at the Jammu-Srinagar highway. The dastardly terror attack has enraged not only the nation but other countries as well, who condemned the heinous act.