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India-Pakistan Clash in World Cup to be Called Off? ICC CEO Dave Richardson Breaks his Silence 

India-Pakistan Clash in World Cup to be Called Off? ICC CEO Dave Richardson Breaks his Silence
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Dave Richardson, the CEO of International Cricket Council (ICC) has finally broken his silence on the ongoing uproar regarding the potential cancellation of the India-Pakistan tie in the upcoming ICC World Cup.

Meanwhile, people from all sphere of India has called for a boycotting Pakistan in the wake of the recent Pulwama attack. The recent Pulwama Terror attack has created a stir countrywide as a Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) rammed an explosives-laden car into a CRPF bus, killing at least 40 personnel and leaving many critically wounded. On the back of it, India have cut several ties with the neighbouring country.

The bus was on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Lethpora town, about 30 km from Srinagar when the attack took place. The entire nation mourned the death of their brave sons who lost thier lives in the Terror attack. Following the attack, India swiftly withdrew Pakistan’s Most Favoured Nation status, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that the perpetrators of the attack would pay a hefty price.

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The Indian fans are hell-bent to see BCCI boycotting Pakistan in the upcoming mega event. The issue has garnered support after a few big names also joined the chorus. The likes of Rajeev Shukla, Harbhajan Singh, and Sanjay Patel has also called for a boycott.

India will clash against their arch-rivals on June 16 in Manchester. Although people have demanded a boycott but it looks unlikely as of now. David Richardson confirmed that neither BCCI nor PCB had given any indication about their intention to cancel the game.  The ICC’s quarterly meetings will take place in Dubai next week, where they will raise the issue.

“We haven’t written to the boards as yet,” Richardson told ESPNcricinfo. “Our thoughts are with the people that were impacted by the incident. And we are monitoring the situation with our members including the BCCI and PCB. Certainly there are no indications any of the matches, including the Pakistan-India match, will not be played as planned at the World Cup. But as I say we will continue to monitor the situation,” he concluded.

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