MUMBAI: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has affirmed that the Indian government will be making the final call regarding national team’s match against Pakistan in the World Cup 2019 which is scheduled on June 16 in Manchester.
An official of BCCI claimed that an official statement on the affair will be issued in a few days. “If India feels that they do not want to take on Pakistan in their group-stage match of the tournament then, of course, we will no play them”, said the official.
If India denies to face-off against Pakistan in their group-stage match on June 16, then Pakistan will win points, whereas India will suffer loss of points.
It is to be noted that India and Pakistan haven’t played bilateral cricket since Pakistan’s visit to their neighbouring country in 2012-13 for a three-match ODI series.
Although, both cricketing giants have been meeting at key tournaments organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
However, several members from the Indian cricket fraternity including spinner Harbhajan Singh have urged India to boycott the World Cup group-stage match against Pakistan, after Pulwama attack in Indian occupied Kashmir which took lives of 44 Indian soldiers.