ICC says India bound by agreement to play Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2019

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On 14th February a cowardly suicide bombing attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama led to Martyrdom of 42 jawans. The suicide bomber Adil Ahmed Dar, 20, rammed an SUV loaded with 350 kg of explosives.

Since that attack, There are protest filled in the different parts of India against Pakistan and the Indian government also withdrew most favourable nation status to Pakistan. Many ex-cricketers including Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir have called for a full boycott playing against Pakistan at the ICC world cup 2019.

But ICC CEO Dave Richardson has said that India is bound by contractual agreement to play Pakistan in the ICC world cup. India is scheduled to take on Pakistan in a group game in Manchester on June 16.

For ICC events, all teams have signed a members’ participation agreement, which requires them to participate in all the matches of the tournament and (in case of) any unjustified non-compliance with that provision, the playing conditions will kick in and the points will be awarded accordingly (to the other team),” Richardson said.

India has even requested ICC to ban Pakistan from International tournaments and said that they don’t mix politics with sports. Even Pakistan objected to Indian team wearing Army Camouflage in ODI match against Australia.

In this case, it was a one-off consent. It was granted subject to the message around the wearing of the caps simply being in sympathy with the people who had lost their lives in the (Pulwama) attack and in particular to help them raise funds for the families of the people who had lost their lives,” the ICC CEO said.

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