All about India Vs Pakistan when sides forfeited matches in the World Cup.
As the country increase its appeal to the government and the BCCI to forfeit their scheduled June 16 group stage match against Pakistan in the ODI Cricket World Cup, recent developments around the issue point towards the Indian cricket team decided to give the match a skip.
If gone through with it, the massive step will be in course with the recent actions taken by India to completely sever all ties with the country on the back of the derogatory attack on the Indian CRPF jawans by Pakistan.
While further news on the issue is yet awaited as the ICC and BCCI are slated to meet up in recent time to discuss the issue that’s heating up with each passing day with the country making its wishes clear of not playing any match against Pakistan.
we take a look at the other instances when countries have refused to play their world cup encounters. Till date, there have been a total of 4 instances when countries have skipped their world cup commitments, owing to security concerns and lapses in the host country.
India Vs Pakistan when sides forfeited matches in the World Cup
- West Indies refused to play against Sri Lanka in the 1996 World Cup
Just a month before the 1996 world cup was scheduled to be held in the country, there was a huge bombing incident in Sri Lanka, leaving the security arrangements in the country flummoxed and crumbled.
Citing lapses in security and the tepid state of affairs in the country, the West Indies skipped their group stage encounter against Sri Lanka, giving their opposition two points in the process which saw them emerge from the group unbeaten.
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West Indies, however, managed to make it through to the semi-finals of the event where they eventually ended their sojourn, going out against Australia.
- Australia forfeit series opener against Sri Lanka in 1996 World Cup
The first match of the World Cup 1996 was slated to take place between Australia and Sri Lanka but the Australian side refused to engage in the country owing to the same reasons as mentioned by the West Indies.
Considering it unsafe to visit the country, the Australian side stayed in Mumbai, India, another host country of that particular edition of the world cup, giving Sri Lanka 2 points in the process.
The decision hardly impacted Australia though with the country making it all the way to summit clash before they were defeated by Sri Lanka.
- 2003 World Cup: New Zealand refused to play against Kenya in their country
The information provided to ICC’s security delegation made it clear that there was a high possibility of a terrorist attack in Nairobi, following which New Zealand refused to play in the murky and harsh conditions prevalent in the city at the moment.
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“The information received by the ICC Security Delegation to Kenya made it clear that there is a tangible terrorist threat in Nairobi and the board has seen nothing which changes that,” NZC had said in a statement.
They forfeited their group stage match against Kenya but it held no further ramifications on their journey in the tournament as they progressed through to the next round despite the decision.
- England against Zimbabwe in the 2003 CWC
With the horrid political and social unrest in Zimbabwe becoming of paramount concern in the country, England refused to visit the country for the visitors’ opener in the ICC ODI cricket world cup. The decision saw England give 4 points to their opposition as a result of the decision,
leaving them with an aggregate of 12 points which saw them languish out of the event at the group stages itself. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe, on the other hand, made it to the next stage with 14 points before losing all their matches in the knockout stage.
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