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Pakistan, India World Cup match to go ahead as scheduled: ICC chief

Indian cricket fans, angered by an attack on Indian forces in Kashmir, have urged India to boycott a World Cup match against Pakistan this summer.

The Cricket Club of India (CCI), among the country’s oldest clubs, and India star  also joined calls for the national team to stay away from the June 16 match in Britain, as Indians accused Pakistan of not doing enough to stop militants from operating on its soil.

With the World Cup starting in exactly 100 days, there have been scattered voices that want India to boycott the group match against Pakistan but ICC on Tuesday has given a shit up call to all those. 

Pakistan and India World Cup 2019 match will go ahead despite the tensions between two countries in the wake of Pulwama attack, International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) David Richardso said.

David Richardson told ESPNcricinfo that that ‘no indications’ have been sent from either board about the World Cup clash not taking place. “We haven’t written to the boards as yet.”

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson addresses the media. Photo: ICC

India vs Pakistan is a high-profile World Cup match at Manchester on June 16. It promises to be the mother of all battles within the war to win cricket’s ultimate glory. Pakistan and India World Cup clash is scheduled on June 16 in Manchester.

Richardson added ICC is monitoring the situation with its members including Pakistan Cricket Board and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

“Certainly there are no indications any of the matches, including the Pakistan-India match, will not be played as planned at the World Cup. But as I say we will continue to monitor the situation.”

There are just 100 days until the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 gets underway.

World Cup tournament director, Steve Elworthy, is convinced that the match will be the biggest attraction of the tournament.

“It is probably one of the biggest sporting events in the world,” Elworthy, the former South Africa fast bowler, said. “You think of that match and you think of the passion, the support, the audience, the [number of] people who applied for tickets.”

The World Cup starts in 100 days and in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, there have been voices calling for India to snap all cricketing ties with Pakistan. However, neither Richardson nor Elworthy are too concerned about the match being called off.

Earlier, Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh called for India to boycott their World Cup game against Pakistan in June in protest at Pulwama attack.

Singh said: “There is no need for any relations with Pakistan, let alone cricket.

“Don´t play the World Cup match with Pakistan on June 16 — country comes first for all of us and we are all standing with our forces,” he added.

The boycott call has also been taken up by the secretary of the prestigious Cricket Club of India.

“CCI is a sporting association but nation comes first,” said Suresh Bafna as he condemned the attack in which a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a military convoy in Indian Occupied Kashmir last Thursday.

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