The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to consult Team India and then decide on whether to play against Pakistan or not in the ICC World Cup in May-June.The Indian cricket board officials and the Committee of Administrators decided to wait and have a word with captain Virat Kohli, coach Ravi Shastri and MS Dhoni before coming out with a concrete solution, according to sources.
BCCI have got to know from the ICC that if they put their proposal of throwing Pakistan out of the World Cup, they will lose it hands down, India Today have also learnt from sources.
BCCI CEO Rahul Johri is also expected to raise this issue in the International Cricket Council meeting on February 26.
The BCCI and COA members – Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji – met in New Delhi on Friday where they discussed the matter along with the new CoA member Lt General Ravi Thodge.
The board would be staring at a huge financial loss and even a hefty fine from the International Cricket Council (ICC) if they indeed decide to forfeit the June 16 group match against Pakistan in the World Cup.
It was reported earlier that the BCCI was mulling a forfeit following the Pulwama terror attack last week in which the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost 40 jawans.
Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in which a bus filled with the paramilitary troops was blown up on February 14.
Vinod Rai had even asked Rahul Johri to write a letter to the ICC asking them to ban Pakistan from the World Cup, according to reports. But it wasn’t clear as to whether Johri had prepared a letter or not. But even if such a move is made, the ICC is bound to reject it.
Edulji however, did say that the COA will seek the Indian government’s opinion before taking any drastic measures. “We will discuss the procedures to be followed and the way forward. All the concerned ministries, External affairs, Sports, Home will be consulted,” she said.
A BCCI official also made it clear even before the meeting that the board does not have the power or authority to stop any team from competing in an ICC event.
“There is absolutely no constitutional or contractual way this could happen. The ICC constitution allows members the right to participate in ICC events as long as they’ve qualified,” a BCCI official told PTI.
A top BCCI source said even if a note is sent and the ICC agrees to put it out in front of member boards for a vote, India is unlikely to find any support from other nations.
“In case India writes to ICC for Pakistan’s removal, then we have to build consensus first to move a resolution at it’s Annual Board Meeting in April. We no longer enjoy majority in the ICC board right now. If this goes for floor test we are certain to lose,” he said.
“Not only that, serious doubts will emerge on our chances to host 2021 Champions Trophy and 2023 World Cup,” he added.
India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal also said on Friday that the team will comply with whatever decision the BCCI takes in its meeting.
“It’s not in our hands, if BCCI says, we will play if they say no then we won’t. I think it is high time, we need to take firm action. I am not saying all people there (Pakistan) are at fault but those who are responsible should be acted against,” Chahal said ahead of the T20I series against Australia.
The matter is now likely to come up on the sidelines of the ICC meetings between February 27 to March 2 in Dubai.