India will avoid playing Pakistan in tournaments: BCCI to ICC

Last Updated: Sat, Oct 01, 2016 00:36 hrs
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With the relations between the arch rivals deteriorating, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday decided that India will avoid playing Pakistan even in the multi-nation tournaments and asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) not to place the teams of the two countries in the same group in the future.

Considering the traditional rivalry between India and Pakistan, the ICC generally puts the two teams in the same group in multi-nation tournaments to attract more spectators.

The issue was discussed on the sidelines of the Special General Meeting (SGM) in Mumbai against the backdrop of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of Uri terror attack and the subsequent cross-LoC surgical strikes carried out by the Indian army.

"Keeping in mind that the government has adopted a new strategy to isolate Pakistan and in view of the public sentiment in the country, we request ICC not to put India and Pakistan in the same pool of the multi-nation tournaments," BCCI president Anurag Thakur said.

"If the two countries reach the semi-finals and have to clash at that time, it is another situation which can't be avoided," he added.

There are seven months to go before the next multi-nation tournament - the Champions Trophy to be held in the United Kingdom.

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