New Delhi, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday clarified that ODI World Cup beginning from May 30 in England and whether to play with Pakistan or not the final decision will be taken by the government and has expressed its concern over the security of the players and the officials during the World Cup.
Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai during the Special General Meeting here along with the board members told mediapersons “the decision in this regard will be taken along with the government as the World Cup is still three months away.”
Rai said, “India and Pakistan match on June 16 at Manchester is still far away. We’ll take call on that much later and in consultations with government.”
He further said, “We’ll write to ICC expressing our concerns about attacks that took place and that security of players, officials and everybody else must be taken care of. We’re telling cricketing community that in future we must sever ties with nations from where terror emanates.”
Before taking final call whether to play with Pakistan in the World Cup, the BCCI and CoA will also consult skipper Virat Kohli, coach Ravi Shastri and former captain M S Dhoni.
The BCCI, CEO, Rahul Johri is likely to take up the matter in the ICC meeting on February 26.It is also a matter of concern for the board if it withdraws the match against Pakistan, then ICC may heavily penalise the BCCI. The ICC may also reject BCCIs proposal of banning Pakistan from the World Cup.