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Pakistan-India World Cup clash to take place as per schedule, says ICC CEO

March 19, 2019
Pakistan-India World Cup clash to take place as per schedule, says ICC CEO

Pakistan will take on India in Manchester on June 16

Photo: AFP

Chief Executive Officer of the International Cricket Council (ICC) David Richardson confirmed that the Pakistan-India World Cup 2019 fixture will take place according to schedule.

“For ICC events, all teams have signed a members’ participation agreement, which requires them to participate in all the matches of the tournament and (in case of) any unjustified non-compliance with that provision, the playing conditions will kick in and the points will be awarded accordingly (to the other team),” Richardson said.

Pakistan are scheduled to take on India in Manchester on June 16.

The fixture came under question after Indian fans and cricketers demanded the side to boycott Pakistan at the 2019 World Cup following Pulwama attack, in which more than 40 Indian para-military soldiers were killed.

Indian Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) wrote a letter to ICC, calling it to boycott countries from where “terrorism emanates”.

Pakistan had objected to Indian team wearing camouflage caps in the third ODI against Australia in Ranchi. ICC CEO stated that Board for Control for Cricket in India took permission from it and there was no politics involved.

“In this case, it was a one-off consent. It was granted subject to the message around the wearing of the caps simply being in sympathy with the people who had lost their lives in the (Pulwama) attack and in particular to help them raise funds for the families of the people who had lost their lives,” Richardson said.

He said that ICC does not want to mix politics with sports.

 
 
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