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ICC Turns Down BCCI Request To Cut Ties With Nations Harbouring Terror

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| March 3 , 2019 , 19:09 IST

The International Cricket Council turned down the BCCI's request on Sunday to sever ties with countries from which "terrorism emanates", saying the ICC has no role to play in matters like these.

Following the attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, in which 49 CRPF personnel were killed, BCCI in a letter written to ICC urged the world body and its member nations to sever ties countries harboring the terror.

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

Last month, Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai had said that the sporting community "needs to ostracise Pakistan" just like South Africa was banned from international cricket due to the country's policy of apartheid.

But, ICC made it clear that no associate member can be barred from taking part at the World Cup and there is no chance anything like that would happen. “There was no chance that anything like that would have happened. The ICC chairman made it clear that the decision to ostracize a nation is taken at the government level and ICC had no rule. The BCCI knew it all along but still took a chance.”

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 “So many players from member nations play the Pakistan Super League and they would have never entertained such a request. Yes, security was a concern and it had been duly addressed,” the Board official added.

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.