World Cup 2019: PCB prepared with a counter if BCCI decides to boycott the India-Pakistan game
The match is still under the clouds.
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The tensions are soaring between India and Pakistan ever since the Pulwama attack has taken place on February. The IAF attack on the terrorist camp in the wee hours of February 26 in response has led to Pakistan also thinking of responding now. Moreover, there is still a decision to be made whether India will play their arch-rivals in the upcoming World Cup on June 16.
There is a possibility of the BCCI boycotting the game as the relations between the two nations doesn’t seem to be improving in the near future. Also, the issue will be taken up in the ICC‘s quarterly meeting in Dubai starting on Wednesday. The BCCI members might introduce the matter in the meeting only a few days after the board CEO Rahul Johri had written a letter to the ICC.
BCCI had raised its concerns about Pakistan harbouring terrorists and had also urged the cricketing community to sever ties with them.
What if two teams meet in knockouts?
Meanwhile, the June 16 clash between India and Pakistan is still under the clouds. There is no certainty as of now that the Men in Blue will face their neighbours. But the PCB official claims that they have prepared a counter to that step from the BCCI. They are going to question the Indian board’s stance if the two teams qualify for the semi-finals or finals and face-off in any of those matches.
“Pakistan’s stance is that if India wants to give a walkover, it can’t do anything about it. But it will pose a question as to what happens if both countries again qualify to meet each other in the knockout stages,” the official was quoted as saying by Times Now. Meanwhile, the tension across the border continue to soar as the reports suggest that Pakistan jets violated the Indian Air Space in Nowshera on Wednesday.