According to the latest development over the burning debate around India versus Pakistan encounter in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019, BCCI has finally decided to make the decision by consulting Team India’s top brass over the issue. As per the exclusive TV reports, the world’s richest cricket body will consult with India captain Virat Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri and former skipper MS Dhoni.
The quadrennial event will be played in England & Wales, starting on May 30. India are scheduled to take on arch-rivals Pakistan on June 16 at Old Trafford in Manchester. If Team India decides to boycott Pakistan, the verdict will also likely make an impact on India’s chances of hosting the World Cup in 2023. According to ICC officials, the game’s global governing body is likely to take a call on cricket ties between the two south Asian nations at the February 27 meeting in Dubai.
Earlier, in the wake of the Pulwama attacks that left the whole nation in shock and anger, reports suggest that BCCI is also demanding ICC to ban Pakistan from the upcoming World Cup for harboring terrorists in their land.
Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh have also urged that the match should be boycotted. According to reports, CoA chairman Vinod Rai will take a call on Friday, after looking into all the implications that it should be conveyed to ICC or not.
According to TOI, the letter has been drafted by the office of BCCI CEO Rahul Johri after express approval from Rai.
Meanwhile, COA will be meeting tomorrow to discuss the future course of action. Seeking advice from the Sports Ministry, MEA & Home Ministry. BCCI/COA will take a collective and responsible decision as to what steps can be taken in regards to cricket with Pak. No letter has been written to ICC yet.
“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,” Richardson was quoted as saying.
The terror attack was one of the deadliest in the history of Jammu and Kashmir. JeM – a Pakistan-based terror outfit claimed responsibility for the attack. A CRPF convoy of over 2,500 soldiers and 78 vehicles was targetted on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.