BCCI undecided on boycotting Pakistan at ICC World Cup

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Kolkata: BCCI Committee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai addresses during a session on 'Reforming Indian Sport' organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce in Kolkata Jan 27, 2018. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

New Delhi The crucial BCCI CoA meeting on Friday failed to decide whether India should play against Pakistan in the upcoming ICC cricket World Cup in the United Kingdom in May-July in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

After a four-hour-long meeting, the three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) was undecided on the issue and appeared to be waiting for an indication from the government before it can take a call.

“The June 16 (India vs Pakistan) match is very far away. We will take a call on that much later. We will take a decision only after consultations with the government,” CoA Chairman Vinod Rai told reporters after the meeting.

Asked about the views of some former players and officials who have demanded a boycott of the match against Pakistan, he said he would not like to go into the comments being made by others.

In reply to another question, he said the BCCI would write to ICC about the need to boycott countries from where terror emanates.

“We’ll write to the ICC expressing our concerns about Pakistan and that security of players, officials and everybody else must be taken care of,” Rai said about the first decision taken at the meeting.

In this Feb. 10, 2019, photo, Pakistani staff fix the name of Gadaffi stadium in preparation for the upcoming Pakistan Super League in Lahore, Pakistan. The Pakistan Super League is not like any other domestic Twenty20 cricket league around the world. It can’t compete financially with the lucrative Indian Premier League in terms of player payments, yet it’s a dream for Pakistani cricketer to be part of it. For the Pakistan Cricket Board, the PSL is a pathway to ultimately bring foreign teams back to Pakistan and resume fully-fledged international cricket on home soil. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

“We’re telling the cricket community that in future we must sever ties with nations from where terror emanates,” he said adding the copy of the letter to the ICC will be made public.

Rai also said that there will not be any Indian Premier League (IPL) opening ceremony and the amount of the budget allotted for the ceremony will be given to families of the victims of the Pulwama terror attack.

“There will be no IPL opening ceremony. Instead the money will be donated to families of Pulwama martyrs,” Rai said about the incident in which Pakistan-sponsored terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed carried out a suicide attack in which 40 Central Reservce Police Force (CRPF) troopers were killed.