Pak-India World Cup encounter to take place as per schedule: confirms ICC

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The Cheif Executive Officer of International Cricket Council (ICC) David Richardson confirmed that the group stage match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan will take place according to the schedule.

The ICC’s boss said that according to the rules Pakistan will get the points if India will refuse to play with the green shirts in the World Cup which is slated to start from May 30. Both the teams are scheduled to play each other on June 16 in Manchester.

“For ICC events, all teams have signed a members’ participation agreement, which requires them to participate in all the matches of the tournament and (in case of) any unjustified non-compliance with that provision, the playing conditions will kick in and the points will be awarded accordingly (to the other team),” Richardson said.

It is pertinent to mention here that cricket fans and former Indian cricketers demanded the BCCI to influence the ICC to ban Pakistan from the World Cup following the suicide bomb attack in Pulwama district of occupied Kashmir in which more than 40 Indian troops were killed.

Committee of Administrators (CoA) wrote a letter to ICC on the instructions of Indian Supreme Court in which they demanded the World’s cricket governing body boycott countries from where “terrorism emanates”.

Richardson on his visit to Karachi during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) said that politics should remain away from cricket and both India and Pakistan should play with each other.

“It is the decision of both the boards to whether play with each other or not but in ICC’s event they tend to face each other,” Richardson said while talking to the media in Karachi where he also declared Pakistan a safe place to conduct international cricket.