Team India will abide by decision taken by BCCI on playing Pakistan in World Cup: Yuzvendra Chahal

Team India will abide by decision taken by BCCI on playing Pakistan in World Cup: Yuzvendra Chahal

“It’s not in our hands, if BCCI says, we will play if they say no then we won’t."

Yuzvendra Chahal
Indian cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who was one among the many to express anger over the attack on CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir last week, now has said that team will abide by whatever decision the BCCI will take in its meeting on Friday. The board’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) will discuss India’s stand vis-à-vis the ICC World Cup due to begin in England on May 30. The cricketing circles in India are divided over the idea of the Men in Blue boycotting their clash with Pakistan at the mega event as a mark of protest in Pulwama that killed over 40 soldiers.

While some has said that India have the capacity to win the World Cup despite forfeiting the game against Pakistan, others opined that India should not boycott the game and rather play to beat Pakistan to avenge the Pulwama tragedy. Yet another opinion seeks India to put pressure on the International Cricket Council to throw Pakistan out of the tournament.

Speaking at a press conference, the wrist spinner who is among the frontrunners to be picked in the WC squad, said, “It’s not in our hands, if BCCI says, we will play if they say no then we won’t. I think it is high time, we need to take firm action. I am not saying all people there (Pakistan) are at fault but those who are responsible should be acted against.” The 28-year-old cricketer is part of both India’s T20I and ODI squads for the upcoming series against Australia starting February 24.

Little chance of Pak getting ousted from WC, says BCCI official

It was also reported that there is a disagreement on the CoA over the BCCI writing to the ICC to exclude Pakistan from the World Cup. However, even sources in the BCCI said there is little possibility of that happening.

“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,” India Today cited reports as quoting a BCCI official.

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