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Don’t put India, Pak in same group of international tournaments: BCCI to ICC

cricket Updated: Sep 30, 2016 20:32 IST
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India's MS Dhoni collects a ball as Pakistan's Shahid Afridi bats during the ICC World Twenty20 2016. (AP Photo)

With the bilateral relations deteriorating, BCCI on Friday decided that India will avoid playing Pakistan even in the multi-nation tournaments and asked the ICC not to place the teams of the two countries in the same group in the future.

The issue was discussed on the sidelines of the Special General Meeting here 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.

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“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.

The next multi-nation tournament is the Champions Trophy to be held in the UK about seven months from now.

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.

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India is already not playing a bilateral tournament against Pakistan because of the unabated terror attacks emanating from the neighbouring country.

After the Uri attacks, the situation has worsened.