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BCCI responds on Indian’s request to Ban Pakistan from World Cup

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, there were reports that 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.

The BCCI has categorically stated in its letter that the mood in the nation is against playing Pakistan, claimed IndiaTV.

Now responding on this issue, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said there is no way Pakistan can be banned from the upcoming World Cup in UK which will begin in May 2019.

The statement from the BCCI came as calls in India from former cricketers and fans intensified after New Delhi without any proof blamed Pakistan for the Pulwama attack in occupied Kashmir in which 44 Indian soldiers were killed.

A BCCI official told Indian media that the board and Committee of Administrators had not prepared any note seeking a ban on Pakistan at the upcoming World Cup, adding that even if it did the International Cricket Council (ICC) was bound to reject it.

“There is absolutely no constitutional or contractual way this could happen. The ICC constitution allows members the right to participate in ICC events as long as they’ve qualified,” the BCCI official further said.

According to Article 2.3 (H) of the ICC’s constitution, each member subject to meeting any relevant qualification criteria can participate in cricket events organised and sanction by the ICC.

The Cricket World Cup begins on May 30 in England. India is scheduled to play Pakistan in Manchester on June 16.

Outgoing ICC chief Dave Richardson on Tuesday said the cricket’s governing body had no reasons to make any changes to the proposed World Cup schedule and that all matches will be played as scheduled.

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.


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