Sourav Ganguly feels ICC will not ban Pakistan from the World Cup 2019
He soon clarified that this is his personal opinion.
Updated - Feb 25, 2019 1:30 pm
The Pulwama attack has worsened the relations between India and Pakistan in every sector. Cricket is also affected with the same and there are still clouds over the World Cup clash between the two countries on June 16 later this year at the Old Trafford. The BCCI has cleared that the Indian Government will have the final say on the matter even as they had shot a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) expressing their concerns about the neighbouring.
It was earlier reported, that the Indian board was going to request the ICC to ban Pakistan from the World Cup itself for harbouring terrorists in the country. However, later the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai clarified that they will be asking for the cricketing community to sever bilateral ties with the nation which promotes terrorism.
Even the former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly was of the same opinion and rather he felt that India should cut down all the relations with Pakistan in every sector. However, when asked about ICC banning the Men in Green from the mega event, Ganguly opined that it won’t happen.
It is a big thing
Sourav Ganguly, while speaking to India TV, felt that ICC and World Cup are completely different and the prospects of Pakistan getting banned from the highest level from the highest level. Though knowing the sensitivity of the matter and the way his comment on Sachin Tendulkar was manipulated, the former skipper was quick to mention that it is his personal opinion.
“The government has already defined the terms as far as bilateral series between India and Pakistan is concerned. India and Pakistan don’t play bilateral series… the last bilateral series was played in 2006. However, I doubt the prospects of banning Pakistan from the World Cup or international cricket. It is a big thing.
“The ICC is a separate institution, World Cup is a separate institution and I feel it is very difficult to implement this here. This is my personal view that banning Pakistan from the World Cup or international cricket won’t be possible. World Cup is still far away and we will see what happens then.
“But in my opinion, it will be very difficult for India or the Indian government to go to ICC and ask for a ban on Pakistan from the World Cup or international cricket. There’s less than even one per cent chance of this happening,” Ganguly said.