India Asked To Forfeit World Cup Match Against Pakistan – With the country seething with anger in the backdrop of the attack on our CRPF Jawans in Awantipora, Pulwama; Indians from all over the land have been hoping that the BCCI and Indian Government shall decide to call off their match against Pakistan at the World Cup 2019. In view of repeated attacks on Indian soldiers and civilians on Indian soil perpetrated by Pakistan,
debates are raging across the country on the option to forfeit the match in upcoming ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2019, slated to get underway from May 30. Under normal circumstances, India were slated to play Pakistan in a group stage encounter on June 16.
Adopting a zero-tolerance policy against individuals, organisations and countries who practice and/or encourage an anti-India policy, the cricketing fraternity has come out strongly in not only condemning the attacks but also in taking stringent steps to alienate Pakistan and breaking off all sporting ties with them. After the CCI had taken off paintings of Imran Khan at their restaurant, the Mohali and Jaipur stadiums followed suit, taking down images of the Pakistani cricketers.
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And now common people as well as prestigious and respected voices in India are asking for a total clamp-down and give their world cup match against Pakistan a miss. The calls for the decision to be made have been growing by the day with revered cricketers, previous BCCI officials and other eminent figures asking the governing cricket body in India to even go to the extent of getting a Ban on participation of Pakistan in World Cup 2019.
Understanding the severity of the issue, the ICC in a meeting set to get underway on February 22 with the BCCI are expected to discuss the issue of India wanting to forfeit their clash against Pakistan at the world cup.
As per latest reports doing the rounds, it is being stated that the BCCI is mulling asking ICC to remove Pakistan as a participating nation from the world cup. The CoA in an internal communication have asked the BCCI to write a letter to the ICC requesting a ban on Pakistan from the World Cup for supporting and housing terrorists. The report adds that the letter should say that the ‘mood’ in India after the recent terror attack which saw 40 soldiers getting martyred at one location and 5more in a subsequent encounter with the masterminds behind the attack, is not to entertain any cricketing ties with Pakistan.
While such a decisions is one that India can’t take, based on the fact that this is an international event and all final decision on the issue are to be made by the ICC who hold all jurisdiction on the matter, the county holds all rights on deciding to skip their match and once affirmed by the government, the BCCI have confirmed they’ll be forfeiting the match.
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India Asked To Forfeit World Cup Match Against Pakistan
The International Cricket Council on the other hand have said that they expect the match to go on as scheduled. However with meeting set to be held between them and the BCCI in the coming days, it is clear that tensions are mounting on the issue and the international cricketing fraternity is well aware of India’s displeasure and firm stand on the issue.
“Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this terrible incident and we will be monitoring the situation with our Members,” ICC said on the issue. “There is no indication that any (of the) matches at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will not go ahead as planned,”
A 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”, a BCCI official had said earlier.
“Our position is very clear. Unless the government gives us nod, we are not going to play with Pakistan. Sports should be above all these things but if somebody is sponsoring terrorism, obviously it will affect sports also. The world cup is far away. We will see what happens.”
At a time when relations are at an all-time low with Pakistan, a country that has for all too long now been supporting nefarious and cringe-worthy activities against India in a bid to hamper the peace of the country, breaking all sporting ties with the country has to be of utmost importance. Sports are meant to build and develop relations between countries and the dastardly attacks on our brave CRPF Jawans by Pakistan has once again proved that they as a nation have no interest in friendly relations with India.
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India in themselves are an exuberant cricketing country, one that can easily progress through to the knock-out stages of the tournament even if they don’t play Pakistan. It is time for the government and the BCCI to resonate the voices and outroar coming from each quarter of the country and take a harsh and resounding retaliatory measure of boycotting a nation that believes in sponsoring terrorist outfits and colluding with criminals. The country, its integrity and respect come before any sporting events and the only way to fully ensure that Pakistan fade away from the international community is to take this bold step.
The decision by India to not play against Pakistan at such a huge international event will not only bring up the issue of Pakistan’s atrocities on Indian soil on a much larger scale but will also be a significant step taken by the country in hitting back and asserting that such activities will not be tolerated and Indians, Indian Government and Forces will go to all measures to eliminate such elements.
With the BCCI refusing to sign the member’s participation agreement at a meeting of the ICC held in June 2018, holding full rights of executing the agreement as per their wishes, India forfeiting their encounter will not see Pakistan gain any points from India skipping the match as well. It’s happened at the world cup earlier as well with Australia and West Indies both skipping their matches against Sri Lanka in 1996 citing security concerns and England refusing to play in Zimbabwe. It’s high time for India to put their foot down and take a measure on the similar lines.