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ICC’s no to BCCI, says severing cricketing ties ‘not our domain’

Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has turned down BCCI’s request to sever ties with countries from which “terrorism emanates”, saying the ICC has no role to play in matters like these.

In the wake of the Pulwama attack, the BCCI urged the world body and its member nations to sever ties with countries which harbour terror.


“There was no chance that anything like that would have happened. The ICC chairman made it clear that the decision to ostracise a nation is taken at the government level and ICC had no rule. The BCCI knew it all along but still took a chance,” a BCCI official said. The BCCI letter did not make a specific reference to Pakistan.

The issue came up during Saturday’s ICC board meeting chaired by chairman Shashank Manohar, but not much time was spent on it.

“So many players from member nations play the Pakistan Super League and they would have never entertained such a request. Yes, security was a concern and it had been duly addressed,” the Board official added.

The Indian cricket team is scheduled to play Pakistan in the World Cup on June 16. There have been calls to boycott the clash.