Mixing politics and cricket: BCCI doesn’t want India, Pakistan in same group

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MUMBAI: Indian cricket board BCCI asked ICC on Friday not to place India and Pakistan in the same group of any upcoming multi-nation tournaments, owing to growing hostilities between both nations. 

As is the case with the Indian cricket board always, the BCCI has asked ICC to not place India and Pakistan in the same group of any multi-nation tournaments in the future so as to avoid a match between both cricket teams. This issue was discussed in Mumbai at a Special General Meeting of the board held on Friday.

“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,” stated BCCI President Anurag Thakur.

The next multi-nation tournament in which the two teams might face-off against each other is the Champions Trophy, which is going to be held in England seven months from now. However, Thakur said that the situation would be different if India and Pakistan both were to qualify for the semi-final of any multi-nation tournament and might have to play each other.

However, the International Cricket Council claimed that they had not received any formal request from the BCCI to place India in a group that does not have Pakistan in it.

Relations between India and Pakistan have taken a turn for the worse, after security forces of both countries exchanged fire across the Line of Control on Friday. India claimed, without any proof or evidence, that it had infiltrated Pakistani territory and conducted a surgical strike. That claim was vehemently denied by Pakistan, who claimed that only cross border violations had taken place.

Whenever relations between both countries suffer, India has always avoided playing cricket with Pakistan.