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ICC turns down BCCI’s demand to #BoycottPakistan at #WC2019

Dubai: In an expected move, the International Cricket Council has turned down the BCCI’s request to sever ties with countries from which “terrorism emanates”, saying the ICC has no role to play in matters like these.

In the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack the BCCI, in a letter to the ICC, urged the world body and its member nations to sever ties with countries which harbour terror.

“There was no chance that anything like that would have happened. The ICC chairman made it clear that the decision to ostracise a nation is taken at the government level and ICC had no rule. The BCCI knew it all along but still took a chance,” a BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

The BCCI letter did not make a specific reference to Pakistan, which has been accused of harbouring terrorists by India.

The issue came up during March 2nd’s ICC board meeting chaired by chairman Shashank Manohar but not much time was spent on it.

The Indian cricket team is scheduled to play Pakistan in the World Cup on June 16. There have been calls to boycott the clash in the wake of the heightened diplomatic tensions between the two countries following the Pulwama attack.

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