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Will India play Pakistan at World Cup? CoA to meet tomorrow, say sources

Diana Edulji and Vinod Rai make up the Committee of Administrators. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 21, 2019, 10.36 AM (IST)

The Committee of Administrators will meet Friday to decide on whether India will play Pakistan at the World Cup. 

The World Cup begins in England on May 30 and will continue till July 14. 

India are scheduled to play Pakistan on June 16 but, after the Pulwama attack in which at least 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives, most ties between the two countries are off. 

The news agency ANI reported on Thursday that the CoA will meet tomorrow to discuss a "future course of action". 

ANI quoted sources as saying advice on the matter was being sought from the Sports Ministry, the Ministry of External Affairs, and the Home Ministry. 

They added that the "BCCI/CoA" will then take a "collective and responsible decision". 

The sources said no letter — informing them whether India would play Pakistan or not, or refuse to play them — had been written to the ICC as of yet. 

WION had reported BCCI sources saying yesterday that India would not play Pakistan at the World Cup if the government did not want them to

They, however, added that that would mean Pakistan walking away with the points from that match and that if India and Pakistan were to both make the final, that would mean Pakistan would win the World Cup without so much as playing a ball in the final.