Not playing against Pakistan in the 2019 ICC World Cup to be held in England and Wales could cost India. According to a NDTV report, if India decide to boycott Pakistan at the World Cup, the ICC can take action against BCCI. A government source has quoted to NDTV saying, “We should not get isolated in order to isolate Pakistan.”
“Punitive action can be taken against us. ICC can even impose ban on BCCI,” the source further added.
Meanwhile, several veteran cricketing names like Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Sigh, Mohammad Azharuddin have called for boycotting of Pakistan from the World Cup after the horrific terror attack on CRPF jawans’ convoy at Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. However, the BCCI is yet to decide on the issue. The BCCI and CoA meet is set to begin shortly in Delhi.
India is scheduled to play Pakistan at the World Cup at Old Trafford in Manchester on June 16. According to the tournament organisers, the much-anticipated event has received over 4,00,000 applications for tickets. To note, the stadium at Old Trafford can only hold 25,000 people.