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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Why India is calling for Pakistan World Cup ban


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The relationship between India and Pakistan has always been strained to say the least, but now things could be escalated to a whole new level ahead of this year's 50-over World Cup.

According to a Times of India report, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) whose job is to oversee the functioning of the Indian cricket board (BCCI), has drafted a letter to the ICC asking for Pakistan to be banned from the 2019 World Cup.

In the letter understood to be addressed to ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, if Pakistan is not banned from the tournament, there are threats for India to boycott the tournament.

Sources told the Times of India that the letter asked for Pakistan to be banned from participating in the World Cup by the ICC "in the light of the recent terrorist attack in Kashmir".

Sourav Ganguly

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has also weighed in on the topic, suggesting the World Cup would struggle to go on without India's participation, as quoted by the Times of India.

"I feel it will be really difficult for ICC to go on with a World Cup without India," Ganguly said.

"But, you also have to see if India has the power to stop ICC from doing such a thing.

"Personally I feel a strong message should be sent. India should not only stop playing cricket, hockey or football with Pakistan, but should cut all ties with them."

The relationship between India and Pakistan has always been strained to say the least, but now things could be escalated to a whole new level ahead of this year's 50-over World Cup.

According to a Times of India report, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) whose job is to oversee the functioning of the Indian cricket board (BCCI), has drafted a letter to the ICC asking for Pakistan to be banned from the 2019 World Cup.

In the letter understood to be addressed to ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, if Pakistan is not banned from the tournament, there are threats for India to boycott the tournament.

Sources told the Times of India that the letter asked for Pakistan to be banned from participating in the World Cup by the ICC "in the light of the recent terrorist attack in Kashmir".

Sourav Ganguly

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has also weighed in on the topic, suggesting the World Cup would struggle to go on without India's participation, as quoted by the Times of India.

"I feel it will be really difficult for ICC to go on with a World Cup without India," Ganguly said.

"But, you also have to see if India has the power to stop ICC from doing such a thing.

"Personally I feel a strong message should be sent. India should not only stop playing cricket, hockey or football with Pakistan, but should cut all ties with them."

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