The Hubbub for India’s World Cup match boycott against Pakistan is increasing by the day. The match to be held on June 16 at Old Trafford in Manchester is in doubt after a suicide attack carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammad (a terrorist organization) allegedly supported by the Pakistani military and ISI, killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Kashmir’s Pulwama district last week.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will host its quarterly meeting from 27 February to 2 March in Dubai. In this meeting, the India – Pakistan World Cup issue is expected to be discussed. During the ICC meeting, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to speak to the counterparts of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The Committee of Administrative (CoA), a Supreme Court selected body is likely to meet on Friday to discuss Pakistan’s participation in this year’s World Cup hosted by England.
BCCI and CoA will seek advice from the Sports Minister, the External Ministry, and the Home Ministry in order to obtain a collective and responsible decision, and the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri is known to have drawn up a letter covering the current situation.
Meanwhile, the CoA Chairman Vinod Rai was asked by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to write a letter to the ICC requesting Pakistan to be banned from the World Cup on grounds for harboring terrorist act.
Since 2013, there has been no bilateral cricket between the two countries. But the two nations regularly clashed at global meetings, the latest of which was last year’s Asia Cup games in the UAE.
The board is signing the MPA (Member Participation Agreement) but the opportunity to grant Pakistan a chance on June 16 is not yet decided. The cricketing body will hold informal talks as soon as possible on whether India and Pakistan should proceed as planned. While one section of the BCCI wants India to boycott Pakistan, the other section wants to proceed with the approach of “wait and watch.”
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