Since the Pulwama attack, the speculations have started that whether India will play Pakistan in the 2019 World Cup. The deadly terrorist attack has left the bilateral ties between the two countries in deep trouble.
More than 40 CRPF personnel were killed when an explosive-filled SUV rammed in a truck in the army convoy. Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad took the responsibility of the attack.
Since then there has been calls from all over country to boycott Pakistan from every sector. The entire cricketing fraternity of India have also responded to that call. Many big names like Harbhajan Singh, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla and many others have asked the team to boycott Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup.
But recent reports suggest that India now wants a Pakistan-less World Cup. Reports from Times Now suggested that chairman of Committee of Administrators (CoA) Vinod Rai has asked BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to write a letter to ICC. The letter would contain request to ban Pakistan from playing World Cup as they harbour terrorists. It might also contain that if ICC doesn’t ban Pakistan then India might withdraw themselves.
The reports also suggested that Rai has asked Johri to make ICC aware of the current ‘mood’ in the country after the attack. The decision might be taken in the ICC quarterly meetings next week in Dubai.
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ICC will think over the matter
ICC CEO David Richardson knows that the matter is taking a serious shape now. He said that he hasn’t yet heard from either the BCCI or the PCB. He further elaborated that ICC would monitor the situation entirely before taking a final call.
In an interview to ESPNCricinfo, Richardson said, “We haven’t written to the boards as yet. Our thoughts are with the people that were impacted by the incident. And we are monitoring the situation with our members including the BCCI and PCB. Certainly there are no indications any of the matches, including the Pakistan-India match, will not be played as planned at the World Cup. But as I say we will continue to monitor the situation.”