The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could face dire consequences if they give Team India the go ahead to boycott the World Cup clash against Pakistan in June this year. India are scheduled to take on the arch-rivals in a blockbuster group clash on June 16 in Manchester. However, there are question marks over the game in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack carried out by Pakistan-based militant group jaish-e-mohammed that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnels last Thursday.
The cricketing ties between the two nations is set to deteriorate further. Indian cricket fraternity has already started showing protest to Pakistan by taking several measures. The likes of Harbhajan Singh, Rajeev Shukla and several other big names have already supported the idea of boycotting Pakistan in the World Cup.
Latest reports are also suggesting that CoA chief Vinod Rai has told BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to write a letter to the ICC. Rai wants ICC to not allow Pakistan in the World Cup for harbouring terrorism. The report also claimed that Rai has told Johri to state to the ICC that the mood in India is not to engage in any cricket with Pakistan. Johri would be representing BCCI at some of the ICC meets starting February 27, with the COA possibly meeting on Friday to discuss the matter further.
However, if India decide to forfeit the game, they can face heavy sanctions including the BCCI getting a ban.
“We should not get isolated in order to isolate Pakistan,” the sources told NDTV.
“By not playing against Pakistan, we will be giving them a walk-over,” they said before adding: “Punitive action can be taken against us. ICC can even impose ban on BCCI.
The sources said that India should take any big step after carefully assessing the consequences.
“There is still lot of time. We should not react in hurry,” they said.
The bilateral ties between the two nations is already suspended. Both the teams last played a series in 2012 and have since played against each other only in ICC tournaments or the Asia Cup.