The president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Anurag Thakur has pleaded to the ICC not to group this two teams under one roof, and it came out because of the 18 Indian Soldiers were killed by the terrorist in Uri.
"Keeping in mind that the government has adopted a new strategy to isolate Pakistan and in view of the public sentiment in the country, we request ICC not to put India and Pakistan in the same pool of the multi-nation tournaments," BCCI president Anurag Thakur said on Friday (September 30).
"If the two countries reach the semi-finals and have to clash at that time, it is another situation which can't be avoided," he added.
On this account the governing body of the ICC have said that this two countries are grouped together because of the intensity and the fan following for the teams all around the globe, and it always comes out with a packed stadium and intensity as it was before the craze never lets it down.
"No doubt we want to try to put India versus Pakistan in our event," ICC President Dave Richardson had said after the unveiling of the Champions Trophy fixtures. "Its hugely important from an ICC point of view. Its massive around the world and the fans have come to expect it as well. Its fantastic for the tournament because it gives it a massive kick"