The Pulwama attack has seen relation between arch-rivals India and Pakistan hit an all-time low. In the wake of Pulwama attacks, there have been scattered voices calling India to boycott all cricketing ties with Pakistan and to forfeit the proposed World Cup fixture.
Cries of no cricketing ties with Pakistan has been growing with every passing second, which has put dark clouds over the fixture between the two countries in the upcoming World Cup.
Earlier, India’s footballer and former national team skipper Bhaichung Bhutia has said that India not playing in the World Cup 2019 is not the solution to put pressure on Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack, and instead, the BCCI should put pressure on the ICC to act against Pakistan.
Former Indian cricketer and current UP Cabinet Minister Chetan Chauhan, in an exclusive to Aaj Tak, also asked India to put pressure on the ICC to “throw Pakistan out of the 2019 Cricket World Cup”.
“World Cup, Olympics is decided years ahead. We don’t play bilateral series with Pakistan. The best thing to do is to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup. Every country is worried with the growth of terrorism in Pakistan. It’s a problem for everyone. We should exert pressure on ICC to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup,” Chauhan told Aaj Tak.
“If Pakistan do not play the World Cup, it won’t make any difference. If India do not play, the ICC will suffer losses. India bring in 65 to 70 per cent of the sponsorship,” Chauhan said.
Now BCCI has asked ICC to oust Pakistan from 2019 World Cup, claimed IndiaTV.
Stepping up the offensive against Pakistan, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has written a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC), asking it to oust Pakistan from the upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales, claimed IndiaTV.
According to IndiaTV, BCCI has sent an email to the ICC, requesting to remove Pakistan from the World Cup.
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) February 20, 2019
The BCCI has categorically stated in its letter that the mood in the nation is against playing Pakistan, claimed IndiaTV.
India asking @ICC to ban/remove Pakistan from the World Cup will be the biggest controversy facing world cricket since Kerry Packer’s Rebel World Series in 1977. The threat is real this time and ICC’s Feb 27th meeting will be very stormy
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) February 20, 2019
The Cricket World Cup begins on May 30 in England. India is scheduled to play Pakistan in Manchester on June 16.
Amid speculation surrounding India-Pakistan World Cup clash, the International Cricket Council on Tuesday said it does not foresee any change in the schedule of the mega event starting May 30.
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.”
“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.”
Amid calls for boycott, the clamour for tickets for the marquee one-day international World Cup clash between India and Pakistan in Manchester on June 16 has reached a crescendo with more than ‘400,000 applicants’ for the 25,000 seater Old Trafford stadium in Manchester.
ICC World Cup tournament director Steve Elworthy, during a promotional event in London, said that demand for tickets for the India-Pakistan group league clash is way more than Australia vs England game or the final at the Lord’s.
“For that particular game [India vs Pakistan], we had over 400,000 applications for tickets, which is an incredible number. The stadium [Old Trafford] only holds 25,000 people,” Elworthy was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. “So there are a number of disappointed people. That’s just locally, but (there is also) the audience globally.”