'Won't Make Any Comment But Those Who Are Demanding Ban On Indo-Pak Match Have Some Justification': Ravi Shankar Prasad

| February 20 , 2019 , 19:53 IST

Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said those demanding Pakistan's boycott in the upcoming cricket World Cup are "justified" to some extent given that things are not normal between the two countries after the Pulwama terror attack.

The two neighbours are drawn to clash on June 16 at Old Trafford and might square off again in the knockout stage.

"I cannot make any comment (on cricket issues) except to say those who are demanding it has some justification. You can see many films and concerts have been cancelled. Things are not normal," Prasad, who also holds the portfolio of Information and Technology, told 'India Today'.

"Since it's an international tournament, the ICC and our Indian cricket board (BCCI) have to take a call after consideration with our security establishment," he said.

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"But I don't wish away their concern. It's time to say no. Mr Imran Khan had no word of condolence for those who were killed," he added, referring to the Pakistan Prime Minister's address on Tuesday, in which he sought actionable evidence from India while denying Pakistan's involvement in the attack.

The BCCI has maintained that it would follow the government guidelines on bilateral cricket with Pakistan. The ICC, on its part, said that it does not foresee the World Cup schedule getting affected by the current turmoil.

Meanwhile, ICC CEO Dave Richardson said there was no indication yet that the India-Pakistan match would not go ahead as planned on June 16.