‘ICC members will be urged to sever ties with terrorist nations’

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New Delhi: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) has said it would individually urge ICC members to ‘sever ties with any nation that is a terrorist hub’.

The CoA has, however, decided against taking any stand on the World Cup clash against Pakistan.

According to media reports there was 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.

Some prominent names in Indian cricket such as senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and former skipper Mohammed Azharuddin  favoured  India should boycott game with Pakistan.

The batting legend Sunil Gavaskar, however, said India should not hand over points to Pakistan by boycotting the game. Gavasksar advocated continued shunning of bilateral cricket ties.

Although the matter on boycott  was discussed at CoA meeting, it did not take any stand on it as of now.

CoA chief Vinod Rai told reporters:“We are in talks with the government. No decision has been taken on the June 16 match.”

Media reports said 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.

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