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BCCI-CoA To Meet Over India's World Cup 2019 Fixture Against Pakistan, May Write To ICC Seeking Pak's Ouster From Tournament

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Committee of Administrators (CoA), a Supreme Court-appointed body is likely to meet on Friday to comprehensively discuss Pakistan's participation in the World Cup hosted by England this year. 
  • BCCI has gone a step further pertaining to the country's stand on cricket with the terror-friendly neighbours by drafting a to the International Cricket Council (ICC) asking for a complete ban from participating

Political to diplomatic, the nation-wide agitation towards Pakistan has enticed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to call for a complete ban on them from the World Cup 2019, following the Pulwama terror attack perpetrated by Jaish-e-Mohammad, a UN-designated terror organisation that is allegedly backed by the Pakistan military and ISI. 

Committee of Administrators (CoA), a Supreme Court-appointed body is likely to meet on Friday to comprehensively discuss Pakistan's participation in the World Cup hosted by England this year. 

BCCI has gone a step further pertaining to the country's stand on cricket with the terror-friendly neighbours by drafting a letter  to the International Cricket Council (ICC) seeking a complete ban from participating, or India itself may choose to sit aside from the tournament. 

BCCI and CoA will be seeking advice from Sports Minister, Ministry of External Affairs and the Home Ministry to get a collective and responsible decision and a letter is known to have been drafted by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri encompassing the current situation. 

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The India-Pakistan match is scheduled on June 16 at Manchester, the tickets for which are already sold out, with a blazing response of over 4,00,000 applicants for the Old Trafford Stadium stadium that sits 25,000. 

A meeting by ICC is being held in Dubai later this month to get some clarity on where both the countries stand, as far as cricket is concerned. 

The Indian faithful have been dismayed and disgruntled by Pakistan's response to the Pulwama terror attack - orchestrated by Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). Many within India have demanded Pakistan to be isolated in every aspect, which includes boycotting them at the biggest event in cricket.

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Sources have told Republic TV that the cricketing body will hold informal talks at the earliest on whether India and Pakistan fixture should go as per schedule. While one section within the BCCI wants India to boycott Pakistan, the other section wants to go ahead with "wait and watch" approach.

"Situation will get clearer after some time, a little closer to the World Cup. ICC has nothing to do with it. If the government at that point in time feels we shouldn't play, it's obvious that we won't play. But the result of that would be that Pakistan will get the points of the match and if it is the final (between India & Pakistan), they will win the World Cup without even playing. We haven't yet approached ICC in this regard," the source told Republic TV.

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