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Will India play Pakistan in World Cup? This is what BCCI and ICC said about the issue

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 20 February 2019, 11:39 IST

Rivalry between India and Pakistan in cricket is world famous and in this year’s World Cup they will clash against each other on June 16 at Old Trafford, Manchester. However, Indian fans are not happy after 40 CRPF jawans were killed in a terrorist attack in Pulwama. Indian fans are urging Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to not play against Pakistan is World Cup. Harbhajan Singh is no different, he too wants India to boycott Pakistan in the 50-over event.

But according to BCCI sources, “Situation will get clearer after some time, a little closer to the World Cup. ICC has nothing to do with it. If the government at that point in time feels we shouldn't play, it's obvious that we won't play.”

The source also added, “But the result of that would be that Pakistan will get the points of the match & if it is final (b/w India & Pakistan), they will win the World Cup without even playing. We haven't yet approached ICC in this regard.”

A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy of 78 vehicles carrying 2,547 soldiers was attacked by a car bomb in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. More than 40 CRPF jawans were killed and many others were injured. This is termed as the worst attack on Indian soldiers since 1989 insurgency started in the valley.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that a strong-reply will be given to the Pakistan based terror outfit ‘Jaish-e-Mohammed. Pakistan has said that Indian government and media are linking the attacks to the country without any investigation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the sacrifices of our Jawans won’t go in vain and have given free hand to security forces, no one will be spared. India have already ended the most favored nation status for Pakistan. India might also hold the process of talks between India and Pakistan over Kartarpur corridor.

Pakistan have denied any involvement in Pulwama attack and the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in a press conference he did today said, “Pakistan will retaliate if India attacks.”

First published: 20 February 2019, 11:39 IST