India - Pakistan Champions Trophy match 2017 in doubt
The latest terror strike in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, has fuelled fresh
debates over artistic and sports ties between India and Pakistan. While
several celebrities, including actors and musicians across the two
countries, have given mixed reactions on whether to perform across the
border, the Anurag Thakur-led Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI
) has categorically stated that cricket matches between the nations just
cannot take place.
India have been grouped alongside Pakistan in the ICC Champions
Trophy 2017 to be held in England, starting June. The two sides are
scheduled to collide on June 4, but the way things are going, it is
unlikely that the match will take place. "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 [International
Cricket Council] not to put India and Pakistan in the same pool of the
multi-nation tournaments," BCCI President Anurag Thakur was quoted as
saying by the Press Trust of India on Friday. "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. BCCI's sentiments come in
the wake of the terror attack at Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, on September
18, which resulted in the killing of 19 Indian Army personnel by Jaish-e-Mohammad,
a Pakistan-based militant group.
The Indian Army then conducted surgical strikes against terror launch
pads across the Line of Control (LoC) on September 29, killing 38
terrorists and two Pakistani soldiers.
The terror attack also resulted in five nations - Afghanistan,
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and India - announcing on Saturday that
they were isolating Pakistan from the Saarc 2016 summit, which was
scheduled to take place in Islamabad in November.