Don’t put India, Pakistan in same group: BCCI to ICC

Though bilateral series have stopped since 2012, India and Pakistan have routinely played each other in multi-nation tournaments like World Cups

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: October 1, 2016 9:54 am
India vs Pakistan, India Pakistan, India Pakistan cricket, India Pakistan cricket series, India Pakistan bilateral series, cricket, cricket news, sports, sports news India and Pakistan have been placed in the same group at ICC events in the past. (Source: AP File)

BCCI president Anurag Thakur will make an unprecedented request to the ICC asking them not to place India and Pakistan in the same group at the Champions Trophy in seven months’ time, so as to avoid the two teams from clashing. Though bilateral series have stopped since 2012, the two teams have routinely played each other in multi-nation tournaments like World Cups.

But with bilateral political relations deteriorating and government trying to isolate Pakistan, BCCI today decided that India will avoid playing Pakistan even in multi-nation tournaments when taking their request to ICC. The issue was discussed on the sidelines of the Special General Meeting 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. Anurag Thakur is an MP of the ruling BJP and said it was “in view of the public sentiment in the country.”

“I will be suggesting to the ICC that looking at the current situation between both countries it is not advisable to have India and Pakistan in one group of Champions Trophy as there could be situation like we had in India during India vs Pakistan T20 World game in Dharamshala where we had to shift the game at the last moment,” he said.

 

He added, “There could be security issues. So in order the organisers don’t face problems which we did during T20 World Cup, I will be suggesting to the ICC in our next meeting in October in South Africa that it will be better if we don’t have two teams in the same group.”

Many members of the BCCI had told Thakur this, he said, on the sidelines of the board’s meeting adding, “The matter is of concern. We felt that it will be better if we inform ICC nine months in advance so that ICC should not face any kind of problem in future. I will be writing a letter also to ICC on this soon.”

The ICC reacting to media reports said they had not received any request from BCCI in this regard and if any request comes in the future then the ICC board will decide on it, a spokesperson 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, Thakur added. Given the high interest and commercial value of the clash between the traditional rivals, the ICC generally puts the two teams in the same group in multi-nation tournaments to attract more spectators.

India’s not been playing bilateral tournaments for a while and after the Uri attacks, the situation has worsened.

Ajmal, Afridi for cricket ties
Lahore: Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal noted that in the past cricket had helped reduce tensions and normalise relations between the two countries and called for resumption of bilateral cricket ties with India. “In the past also having cricket series helped reduced tensions and I firmly believe there should be cricket between the two countries,” Ajmal told reporters in Muzaffarabad,

Afridi took to Twitter to push for a peaceful resolution of the recent hostilities between Pakistan and India. Afridi said Pakistan had always been a “peaceful nation” and that when two neighbours fought it “affected both”

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    Amir Khaldoon
    Oct 2, 2016 at 12:13 pm
    Completely agree. If the BCCI wants to mix politics and sports and not want to play stan bilaterally then stan should not play India at all at any level or tournament. We don't want to play India as there are many othe great teams to play. Enough is enough.
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      Muhammad Akmal
      Oct 1, 2016 at 3:49 am
      FEAR IS IN YOUR BLOOD AND STANI FEARD ARE IN YOUR BRAIN AND HEART. STAN ZINDABAAD. ENDIA MURDABAAD
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        Muhammad Akmal
        Oct 1, 2016 at 3:48 am
        HMMMMM!!! FEAR ON INDIAN BLOODY FACES. AH WHAT A SHAME, WHAT A PITY ON YOU BCCI AND W INDIA
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          Muhammad Akmal
          Oct 1, 2016 at 3:50 am
          NEW NAME OF HINDUSTAN IS" ENDIA" NOT INDIA
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            Muhammad Akmal
            Oct 1, 2016 at 6:34 am
            hmm DO NOT LIVE IN FOOLS,S PARADISE endia.. MEANS NO MORE endia IN THIS universe..you
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              Babu Gupta
              Sep 30, 2016 at 11:53 pm
              The stani Cricket Players are certifying that stan is very peace loving country. What does it mean?
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                khan
                Oct 1, 2016 at 7:20 am
                what about rindia ??????? AS indians love to export their daughters and wife to western man
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                  jj
                  Oct 1, 2016 at 3:12 am
                  what will happen if lets say Pak and India both reach to finals or semi finals :D India wont play then :D
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                    Jayesh
                    Oct 1, 2016 at 6:56 am
                    Muhammad Akmal --ENDIA means..Jaha END hota hai Vahi se (I)INDIA Shuru hota hai...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;JAI HIND....lt;br/gt;JAI SHIVAJIlt;br/gt;JAI BHAVANI.
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                      Ashok Mazumdar
                      Oct 1, 2016 at 1:47 am
                      Anuraaaag Thakuuur please Stop Singing RAGAS on India stan Groupings.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;You must celebrate that you have not been Arrested yet for Contempt of Court Orders.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Pl keep quiet.
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                        Ashok Mazumdar
                        Oct 1, 2016 at 7:27 am
                        Kyu , maine kya tere ganxx me al daal diya aur Dard Diya ? Sambit Patra ki Gatra phut giya kya?
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                          Nityananda
                          Oct 1, 2016 at 8:33 am
                          This idea may be OK for the sake of putting on a show, but what happens if Pak and India reach the finals of a tournament ? Will India then give a walk over ?
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                            WarK
                            Oct 1, 2016 at 10:43 am
                            stan in a final??? Are you crazy? Let them beat Bangladesh, Australia or New Zealand first. Are they even on the same level as India? Just like your name your comment does not make sense. Jack.
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                              WarK
                              Oct 1, 2016 at 10:26 am
                              Its NOT fear. Its not being on the same "LEVEL" as you. You have to be "on par" as India. Your own blood ancestors were Indians. Now you call yourselves "WHAT???" So we were lions, we are lions, we will always be what we always were. YOU are the only ones who aren't what you call yourselves. You are a bunch of hyenas.
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                                WarK
                                Oct 1, 2016 at 10:34 am
                                No, India will kick some Bu)).
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                                  WarK
                                  Oct 1, 2016 at 10:33 am
                                  There was a Abdali who came to war against India in the 1700's and never ca,e back even when he won the 3rd Battle of Panipat. Today, his decendant in Afghanistan, another Abdali backs India against Pkistani terrorists and the ISI by pulling out of SAARC. 2 Muslim majority countries i.e. Bangladesh and Afghanistan are in OPEN SUPPORT of India. That is significant evidence of stan's role as a global TERRORIST. What evidence do China and OIC want? Turkey, New Zealand, Austria have NO Business meddling in India's affairs in denying our NSG aims. We are fighting Islamic jihad since 1400 years.
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                                    Oct 1, 2016 at 4:10 am
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                                      B
                                      Oct 1, 2016 at 3:56 am
                                      Yes, it is going to end all that is against India.
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                                        sk
                                        Oct 1, 2016 at 3:21 am
                                        Porki cricketers and actors should be banned from India.
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                                          Suneet Sood
                                          Sep 30, 2016 at 11:41 pm
                                          I don't agree. Anurag Thakur is invoking "public sentiment". Well, I am public, and I'd like to say "First cease diplomatic relations. Close embies in each other's country. Then close business ties. Then, and only then, close sports and cultural exchanges." Stopping cricket is like asking sportsmen to do the job that the government and the armed forces should be doing.
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                                            Prateik
                                            Oct 1, 2016 at 3:29 am
                                            ICC should expel Porkistan for harbouring terrorists on their land.
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