LONDON: The International Cricket Council (ICC) can impose a ban on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) if they refuse to play with Pakistan in their scheduled match of the upcoming World Cup on June 16.
The BCCI was under immense pressure after Indian people and former cricketers strongly demanded the Indian board to boycott Pakistan in World Cup due to last week’s suicide bombing attack in Pulwama district of occupied Kashmir in which more than 40 Indian troops were killed.
In reply to the strong appeal by Indian fans to boycott Pakistan in the mega event, an official of the BCCI cleared that they cannot file an appeal in the world’s cricketing board to ban Pakistan in their biggest event and if in case they do such thing then ICC is bound to reject it.
“ICC is bound to reject an appeal to ban Pakistan from World Cup,” said BCCI’s official according to whom there are no constitutional or contractual way which can lead towards Pakistan’s ban from the upcoming mega event.
According to ICC rules, every qualified country has the right to play all its mega events and nobody can stop anyone’s participation.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan and India have not played each other in a bilateral series since 2013 due to political tensions between them. Last time both teams played in the Asia Cup 2018 in the UAE.