The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Vice President Rajiv Shukla said that the high voltage clash between India and Pakistan in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup cannot get cancelled.
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There were talks recently that India should reconsider playing Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup as in the past few days, Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a spate of targeted killings of civilians especially non-locals. Rajiv Shukla clearly asserted that strict actions will be taken against such terrorist organisations. But under ICC’s commitment rules no team can refuse to play another side in a tournament organized by the International Cricket Council.
“We strongly condemn the killings(J&K). Strict action should be taken against terror organisations. As far as the match (T20 WC IND vs PAK) is concerned, under ICC’s international commitments you can’t refuse to play against anyone. You’ve to play in ICC tournaments,” Shukla said.
Union minister Giriraj Singh asked for a ‘reconsideration’ due to the tense relationship between the two countries. The Cabinet Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department also asked to discuss the issue once again.
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Speaking to the media after offering his condolences on the demise of Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat’s mother in Rajasthan, Giriraj Singh said, “The match between India and Pakistan in the coming days needs to be given another thought in the wake of the attacks happening on Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir. The relations are not good right now.”
India is scheduled to play their opening encounter against arch-rivals Pakistan on 24th October in Dubai. India will then face New Zealand and Afghanistan in Group A.
India have dominated Pakistan when it comes to facing the arch-rivals in ICC events. In 17 encounters so far, the men in green have managed to ace 3 of them. All the three victories have come from the ICC Champions Trophy.