With World Cup 2019 beginning in less than two months time, border tensions between India and Pakistan seem to have a threat over the highly anticipated clash between the arch-rivals in England.
Following Pulwama attack, there have been calls for India to boycott their World Cup match against Pakistan on June 16. The attack in South Kashmir was claimed by a militant group based in Pakistan in which 40 Indian troops died.
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A lot happened after that in terms of border conflicts. The situation seemed to ease when Pakistan returned an Indian Air Force pilot who was shot down and captured. But the doubts remain over the fate of the match. Vinod Rai, a senior official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) informed that they had asked for high security from the International Cricket Council (ICC) at the World Cup 2019.
In the letter to the ICC, the BCCI urged “the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates”.
Rai confirmed a boycott decision would be made only after consulting the Governments.
Threats Over World Cup 2019
Although a lot of ex-cricketers came forward regarding the issue and agreed to abide by the Government, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli echoed the same. But ICC haven’t said anything clearly yet. ESPNcricinfo.com senior editor Sharda Ugra told AFP,
“I think they won’t be able to get the ICC to take on any stand on it and I don’t think the BCCI will say that we are not playing there,”.
World Cup 2019 will begin on and from May 30. If India Pakistan match gets canceled it will be a major loss for the organizers. Whereas the ball is in the court of the Indian politicians, it will be interesting to see how ICC deals with it.