BCCI to Consult Govt on Pakistan World Cup Tie, Says Vinod Rai

Cricketnext Staff

The Supreme Court appointed COA have decided to consult the government on the decision to play the game against Pakistan in the upcoming ICC World Cup. However, the board will ask for additional security for the team during the tournament.

There has been a call to boycott the June 16 World Cup face-off against Pakistan at the Old Trafford in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack, which killed more than 40 CRPF personnel.

In a meeting to address the spiralling speculation around the match, the CoA deliberated on the matter but did not take any position for now.

"We are in talks with the government. No decision has been taken on the June 16 match," CoA chief Vinod Rai told reporters after the meeting.

"We are expressing two concerns to the ICC. We will ask for more protection for players during the World Cup and we will tell cricketing nations to severe ties with any nation that is a terrorist hub," he added.

The BCCI will also write to ICC, saying that no bilateral ties should be organised with nations that are sponsoring terrorism, without directly naming Pakistan.

IPL opening ceremony has also been cancelled and the money will be donated to the family of martyrs who died in the Pulwama attack.

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