Pakistan can’t be disallowed from playing in the Wold Cup: BCCI official
The CoA will also hold a meeting tomorrow surrounding the issue.
Published - Feb 21, 2019 3:19 pm | Updated - Feb 21, 2019 3:19 pm
The Pulwama Attacks on Thursday, Wednesday, February 14, have turned out to be a massive development over the last few days in India. 40 CRPF jawans lost their lives in a terrorist attack by Pakistan-based militant organization Jaish-e-Mohammad with the help of suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar. The incident did nothing, but worsened India’s already-soured relation with Pakistan.
In the meantime, many people want India’s match against Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales to be boycotted. The arch-rivals are scheduled to lock horns on Sunday, June 16 at the Old Trafford in Manchester. However, an official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) mentioned that they can’t be disallowed to play in the World Cup.
“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 official was quoted saying in The Times of India (TOI).
We no longer enjoy majority in the ICC board right now
In the meantime, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) headed by Vinod Rai, will hold a meeting tomorrow, surrounding the issue. “We will discuss all possible options tomorrow and do what is best for the country,” Diana Edulji, Rai’s colleague in the CoA, mentioned.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is also looking forward to having a conversation with the BCCI on the marquee clash in the World Cup. The matter will come up on the sidelines of the ICC meetings in Dubai between Wednesday, February 27 to Saturday, March 2 in Dubai.
“In case India writes to ICC for Pakistan’s removal, then we have to build consensus first to move a resolution at it’s Annual Board Meeting in April. We no longer enjoy majority in the ICC board right now. If this goes for floor Test we are certain to lose. Not only that, serious doubts will emerge on our chances to host 2021 Champions Trophy and 2023 World Cup,” a top BCCI source said.