BCCI requests ICC not to put India and Pakistan in same group
Mumbai: In the light of escalating tensions with Pakistan, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur has requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) not to place India and Pakistan in the same group in global events on Friday.
The last bilateral series between the two arch rivals took place in 2012. But in global events like World Cup and Champions Trophy, both teams routinely play each other.
“Keeping in mind that the government has adopted a new strategy to isolate Pakistan and in view of the public sentiment in the country, we request ICC not to put India and Pakistan in the same pool of the multi-nation tournaments,” BCCI president Anurag Thakur said.
Because of high viewership and monetary benefits that Indo-Pak matches garner, the ICC always try to place both teams in the same group.
According to media reports, this issue was discussed on the sidelines of Special General Meeting of BCCI in Mumbai.
“If the two countries reach the semi-finals and have to clash at that time, it is another situation which can’t be avoided,” Thakur added.
Earlier this year, the arch-rivals had played in the ICC World T20 that saw hosts India beat Pakistan by six wickets.
Next global event, the Champions Trophy, is to be held in the UK on June 4th next year at Edgbaston.