WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Feb 22, 2019, 06.22 PM
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has written a letter to cricket's global governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) to express concerns over the security of Indian players heading into the World Cup.
In the wake of a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama that killed over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, there have been calls for a complete cricketing boycott against Pakistan.
The chief of Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) Vinod Rai decided against taking any stand on the match but urged the ICC and other nations to "sever ties" with countries from where "terrorism emanates".
India are scheduled to play Pakistan on June 16 during the World Cup.
The letter read:
"BCCI fears for the safety and security of players and match officials participating in upcoming ICC events including the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Most countries from which the members of the ICC hail (including United Kingdom) have strongly condemned this terrorist attack and expressed solidarity with India.
The BCCI trusts that the ICC and ECB will ensure that the most robust security is provided to players, match officials and fans of Indian cricket for the upcoming World Cup.
The BCCI also wishes to express its concerns over the safety and security of the fans of Indian cricket at the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.
The BCCI trust the ICC and ECB will ensure that most robust security is provided to players, match officials and fans of Indian cricket for the upcoming World Cup."
It was a foregone conclusion that CoA would not take any decision on the matter as the ICC can't ban Pakistan as per rules.
It is understood that BCCI officials are also concerned that such a stand might cost them the hosting rights of the 2021 Champions Trophy and the 2023 World Cup.
Vinod Rai has decided against taking any stand on the match but urged the ICC and other nations to "sever ties" with countries from where "terrorism emanates".