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Decision To Boycott Pakistan In World Cup 2019 Will Be Taken After Opinion Of Indian Government, Says CoA Member Diana Edulji

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Diana Edulji, who alongside Vinod Rai forms the CoA, stated that no decision regarding the World Cup fixture between India and Pakistan can be taken at an instant.
  • The former Indian Women's Test player also mentioned that the CoA alone cannot take the call, and it shall come only after taking the opinionĀ of the Indian government

One of the two members of the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), Diana Edulji, has said that the committee will meet on Friday and decide if India should boycott Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup 2019.

Speaking exclusively to Republic TV, Edulji, who alongside Vinod Rai forms the CoA, stated that no decision regarding the cricketing ties between the two countries can be taken at an instant.

"No letter can be drafted or sent without following proper procedure or norm for every tour. We will meet tomorrow in an emergency meeting discuss the issue of playing Pakistan," she said.

The former Indian Women's Test player also mentioned that the CoA alone cannot take the call, and it shall come only after taking the opinion of the Indian government.

"In tomorrow's meeting we will follow due procedure, which is taking opinion from External Affairs Ministry, Sports Ministry and Home Ministry, and then take a call. This has been the case for every tour," Diana Edulji added.

Earlier on Thursday, Republic TV had contacted ICC Chairman and former BCCI President Shashank Manohar, asking if the Indian board had contacted the cricket's governing body regarding the India-Pakistan clash.

"Nobody has contacted me till date. I am not aware of any of these things," he said before adding, "I can't answer about ifs and buts. I can't answer." 

In the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack, orchestrated by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, there is anger within the India faithfuls. A large section of people within the country have demanded their national team to not play against the neighboring country in the upcoming sporting event, which for them is one of the steps to isolate Pakistan on a global level.

The pressure is on the BCCI to act, and it has reportedly drafted a letter which it shall present to the ICC later this month. It is reported that India may choose to sit out of the World Cup should the sport's governing body pay no heed to BCCI's request that Pakistan should be banned.

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

Even the ICC will take note of the recent events and developments which have follwed. It shall hear this matter during its meeting later this month on February 27.

A number of sportspersons have also demanded that the fixture between the two countries, which is due to take place on June 16, shall not take place. 

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