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Pakistan Ready To Counter India's Argument At ICC, Claims PCB Official

Written By Press Trust Of India | Mumbai | Published:

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  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has “prepared a counter” in case the BCCI decides to boycott the June 16 World Cup game in Manchester in the wake of Pulwama terror attack
  • PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani, MD Wasim Khan and COO Subhan Ahmad are in Dubai to attend the various meetings and workshops

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has “prepared a counter” in case the BCCI decides to boycott the June 16 World Cup game in Manchester in the wake of Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 CRPF personnel. The matter will come up for discussion at the ICC Quarterly meet in Dubai, starting Wednesday.

PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani, MD Wasim Khan and COO Subhan Ahmad are in Dubai to attend the various meetings and workshops.

The very important Executive Board meeting is scheduled on Friday and Saturday in which the Indian delegation is expected to push for discussion on a letter it has sent to the ICC asking member countries to oust any member country which supporters terrorism.

Although it has not been named in the letter, BCCI wants other cricket boards to “sever ties with nation from which terrorism emanates”. CoA chief Vinod Rai has openly said that India and every other nation should boycott Pakistan, not just in cricket, but across all the sports.

"We would be shooting in the foot if we don't play Pakistan in the World Cup. Our aim should be to ostracise Pakistan as a cricketing nation. As I have said earlier, all cricketing nations should sever ties with them," he said.

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Some of India’s former players and captains have also called for India not to play Pakistan in the World Cup match on June 16. The likes of Harbhajan Singh and Sourav Ganguly have been very vocal about the fact that the fixture between the two nations should be canceled. 

“Pakistan’s stance is that if India wants to give a walkover, it can’t do anything about it. But it will pose a question as to what happens if both countries again qualify to meet each other in the knockout stages,” the PCB official said.

The PCB is also expected to raise the issue of their captain Sarfaraz Ahmed being banned for four matches under the anti-racism policy of the ICC after the reconciliation process had been set into motion and he had apologised to the South African team.

(With inputs from PTI)

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