World Cup 2019: India will not play Pakistan if the Government feels so – BCCI Official

Pulwama terror attack has started showing its effect on the 22yards as well. A top official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday informed that the World Cup match between India and Pakistan will be canceled if the Indian government is against it.

The Backstory

Around 40 soldiers were martyred followed by a terror attack on February 14 in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. A CRPF convoy moving from Jammu to Srinagar was attacked by a suicide bomber which resulted in this massive tragedy. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack. Expectedly supports for soldiers are pouring from each corner of the country. Even the cricket circuit isn’t far behind. India and Pakistan are already famous arch rivals of world cricket. Now the situation has become serious followed by the horrifying incident.

With the World Cup scheduled in a few months time, BCCI official has come forward to announce that the organization will give preference to the Government decision. Indian cricket team will not face Pakistan in the mega tournament if the Government says so. This means Pakistan will get the points without even participating in the match.

BCCI Official On World Cup Match

For BCCI in the current situation, the country comes first. The official, further clarified by the official that the Indian board has not approached the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the matter yet.

“The situation with regard to the World Cup can only become clear after some time that is a little closer to the World Cup. ICC has nothing to do with it. If the government, at that point of time, feels that we should not play then we should not play. It is obvious that we won’t play but the result for that would be that Pakistan will get the points for the match and if it is the final match then without playing, Pakistan will win the cup,” the BCCI official told ANI. “As of now we have not approached the ICC in this regard,” the official mentioned.

Meanwhile, ICC will hold a meeting in Dubai from February 27. Chances are that this matter related to India-Pakistan world cup clash will be discussed on the sidelines. BCCI chief executive officer Rahul Johri and secretary Amitabh Chaudhry are expected to represent the Indian board in the meeting.

ICC Chief On India-Pakistan

ICC chief executive officer David Richardson has already informed that ICC is monitoring the situation between the two cricket boards. Furthermore, he clarified that the council has not received any indication of the World Cup matches not being played between India and Pakistan.

“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 (Pakistan Cricket Board). 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,” David told ESPNcricinfo.

David Richardson although he believes cricket can work in a better way in this situation.

“Sport, and cricket, in particular, is perfectly placed – it has the wonderful ability to bring people together to unite communities. And hopefully, cricket can be used in this fashion rather than a way of [dividing] people.”

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