ICC to BCCI: Severing cricket ties with countries not our domain

first_imgICC to BCCI: Severing cricket ties with countries not our domainIn the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, in which more than 40 CRPF personnel were killed, the BCCI, in a letter to the ICC, urged the world body and its member nations to sever ties with countries which harbour terror.advertisement Press Trust of India DubaiMarch 3, 2019UPDATED: March 3, 2019 12:36 IST Several India cricketers had urged India to boycott the Pakistan tie at the World Cup (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe ICC chairman made it clear that the decision to ostracize a nation is taken at the government level: BCCI officialThe BCCI, in a letter to ICC, had urged the cricket body to sever ties with countries that harbour terror in the aftermath of Pulwama attackIndia are scheduled to play Pakistan at the 2019 World Cup on June 16 in ManchesterThe International Cricket Council has turned down the BCCI’s request to sever ties with countries from which “terrorism emanates”, saying the ICC has no role to play in matters like these.In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, in which more than 40 CRPF personnel were killed, the BCCI, in a letter to the ICC, urged the world body and its member nations to sever ties with countries which harbour terror.”There was no chance that anything like that would have happened. The ICC chairman made it clear that the decision to ostracize a nation is taken at the government level and ICC had no rule. The BCCI knew it all along but still took a chance,” a BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.The BCCI letter did not make a specific reference to Pakistan, which has been accused of harbouring terrorists by India.The issue came up during Saturday’s ICC board meeting chaired by chairman Shashank Manohar but not much time was spent on it.The BCCI was represented at the board by acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary.”So many players from member nations play the Pakistan Super League and they would have never entertained such a request. Yes, security was a concern and it had been duly addressed,” the board official added.The Indian cricket team is scheduled to play Pakistan in the World Cup on June 16. There have been calls to boycott the clash in the wake of the heightened diplomatic tensions between the two countries following the Pulwama attack.advertisementThe demand has been made by some of the biggest names in Indian cricket such as Harbhajan Singh and Sourav Ganguly.However, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) running Indian cricket has so far not taken any decision on the matter, saying that it will seek the government’s view.Also Read | ICC CEO assures BCCI of security at World Cup, Anil Kumble retained as Cricket Committee headAlso Read | We salute Wing Commander Abhinandan’s courage: BCCI acting president CK KhannaAlso Read | Has cricket in India suffered over the last 2 years? BCCI CoA chief Vinod Rai asksAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs PakistanFollow 2019 World CupFollow Pulwama terror attackFollow International Cricket CouncilFollow BCCIlast_img read more