India, Pakistan shouldn't be grouped together
With the bilateral relations deteriorating, the Board of Control for
Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday decided that India will avoid playing
Pakistan even in the multi-nation tournaments and asked the
International Cricket Council (ICC) not to place the teams of the two
countries in the same group in the future.
The issue was discussed on the sidelines of the Special General
Meeting (SGM) here against the backdrop of heightened tensions between
India and Pakistan in the wake of Uri terror attack and the subsequent
cross-LoC surgical strikes carried out by the Indian army.
"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.
If the two countries reach the semi-finals and have to clash at that
time, it is another situation which can't be avoided, he added.
The next multi-nation tournament is the Champions Trophy to be held
in the UK about seven months from now.
Considering the traditional rivalry between India and Pakistan, the
ICC generally puts the two teams in the same group in multi-nation
tournaments to attract more spectators.
India is already not playing a bilateral tournament against Pakistan
because of the unabated terror attacks emanating from the neighbouring
After the Uri attacks, the situation has worsened.