In the aftermath of Pulwama terrorists attack, the whole nation is standing together as one. The attack was criticised by as many as 38 countries around the world. The attack has left a question on upcoming cricket match between India-Pakistan at the ICC World Cup 2019. Fans across nation, angered by the attack, have also urged Team India to boycott playing against Pakistan in the ICC event.
On Monday, IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said that there won’t be any bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan unless they get government’s nod. On Tuesday, veteran cricketer Harbhajan Singh also opposed India playing Pakistan at the World Cup considering the disturbing events. If India forfeits their match against their arch-rivals, it will be the 5th instance in the history of ICC Cricket World Cup where a team has refused to play against an opponent.
Here we take a look at other teams who earlier snubbed their World Cup match:
Australia vs Sri Lanka 1996
This was the first instance in the World Cup. Only a month before the World Cup, a bombing incident took place in Colombo for which LTTE was responsible. Soon after the incident, Australia, citing security threat refused to play against Sri Lanka in Colombo. With this, Sri Lanka were awarded 2 points for the Aussie walkover. The 1996 ICC event was jointly hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
West Indies vs Sri Lanka 1996
Following in Australia’s footsteps, West Indies team too forfeited their match against Sri Lanka at the same venue. The Windies walkover again gave the Islanders 2 more points. While Windies finished fourth, the co-hosts finished the league stage ‘unbeaten’.
England vs Zimbabwe 2003
England team led by their captain Nasser Hussain refused to travel to Harare to play their opening game against hosts Zimbabwe amid social and political unrest. With the walkover, England gave away 4 points. Owing to this, the side failed to make it to the knockout stage, while Zimbabwe with 14 points headed to the Super six stage, but eventually crashed out after losing all their matches.
New Zealand vs Kenya 2003
New Zealand cricket (NZC) refused to send its team in Kenya for the World Cup over security reason. A NZC statement said, “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.”