No Decision Yet On India-Pakistan World Cup Clash By BCCI, Says CoA Vinod Rai

| February 22 , 2019 , 16:44 IST

Chief of BCCI's Committee of Administrators, Vinod Rai, stated on Friday that the Indian Cricket Board has not made a decision, one way or the other, about playing Pakistan at the 2019 World Cup.

After an hour-long meeting over the letter to be sent to ICC, CoA chairman Vinod Rai said, "We have mentioned in the letter about our concerns after the Pulwama terrorist attack. We have told them clearly that security of the players should be appropriately taken care of at the 2019 World Cup."

There were reports that the CoA and the BCCI might approach the ICC seeking Pakistan's ouster from the mega-event in England that starts on May 30.

However, even such a move is unlikely to make any difference as there is no provision in the world body's regulations that allow one member to seek the ouster of another.

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.

The ICC World Cup 2019 is set to kick from May 30 with the first clash between England and South Africa at 'The Oval'.

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Rai also said that money budgeted for the opening ceremony of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League will go to the families of the CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama terror attack.

“We will not have any inaugural function for the IPL and the money budgeted for that goes to the martyrs’ families,” said Rai.