India-Pakistan WC 2019 clash likely to be discussed in ICC meet
New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is to likely take a call regarding India-Pakistan clash during ICC World Cup at a meeting in Dubai on February 27, sources in cricket’s governing body revealed on Wednesday.
India and Pakistan are scheduled to play a group match in the ICC World Cup on June 16. Both the Asian cricketing giants haven’t played a bilateral since 2012-13, but they have met in tournaments organized by ICC and the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
But the fate of India and Pakistan’s June 16 group match in the ICC World Cup still hangs in the balance with the cricketing body now likely to take a call on that next week.
While several members from the Indian cricket fraternity have urged Team India to boycott the WC match vs Pakistan, but this will not be practically possible till ICC has made an official decision. Because if India refuses to play, the match point will by default go to Pakistan. And India cannot take such a risk in a crucial tournament like the World Cup.
These reactions are in wake of the deadly Pulwama terror attack where about 45 CRPF personnel lost their lives. Initial forensic investigation revealed that Pakistan played an important part in the IED blast because of the high intensity ‘military grade’ explosives used.
While ICC and the Indian Government’s decision are awaited, as of now all the matches will follow the ICC World Cup schedule.