ICC clarifies not to change scheduled India-Pakistan match in CWC 2019
ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson clearly noted that there is “no indication” of changing any of the scheduled matches in the World Cup and India-Pakistan match will also go ahead as planned.
Following the Pulwama attack, enraged Indian fans and former cricketers have voiced to save the nation’s pride and that not to participate in the high voltage Indo-Pak contest scheduled to take place on June 16 in the mega ICC event.
However, International Cricket Council CEO Dave Richardson denied any such possibilities of altering the match, adding that he doesn’t foresee any change in the schedule.
“Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this terrible incident and we will be monitoring the situation with our Members,” Richardson said.
He further said,
“There is no indication that any (of the) matches at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will not go ahead as planned.”
“Sport, in particular cricket, has the wonderful ability to bring people together and unite communities and we will work with our Members on that basis,” he added.
On Monday, India’s 2011 World Cup winning team member Harbhajan Singh said that India should refuse to play against Pakistna in the World Cup to soliderate with martyred soldiers in Pulwama.
But a senior BCCI official contradicted Harbhajan’s opinion, saying that it was the former spinner’s personal view.
“Harbhajan had shared his point of view but he didn’t clarify what happens if we are again pitted against them in semi-final or suppose final. Does that mean that we will be forfeiting World Cup semi-final or final? So we are all talking about hypothetical situations,” the senior BCCI official said.