22 February 2019
Bhubaneswar: All eyes are on the two-member Supreme Court appointed BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) as a decision on the subject of India playing Pakistan in the ICC World Cup is likely to be made today.
The calls for boycotting the neighbour country in the tournament that is set to take place in the United Kingdom have come from all quarters. Many former and present cricketers, including Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Chetan Chauhan and Harbhajan Singh have unequivocally denounced the Pakistan-backed Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF troopers on February 14 but said that pulling out of the clash against the green brigade will only result in India losing out vital points.
In a interview to India Today, Gavaskar said, "If India decide not to play Pakistan in the World Cup, who wins? Pakistan get two points. We have beaten them every time in World Cups. We can play them and beat them and make sure they don't reach the semi-finals."
According to reports, the CoA had on Wednesday directed the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to write a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ban Sarfaraz Ahmed's men from the World Cup, a ploy which could backfire as the other participants may not support India's call.
The BCCI is also expected to take up the matter at the upcoming ICC meeting from February 27-March 2.
(With IANS Inputs)