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ICC turns down BCCI's request to sever ties with nations harbouring terrorism

The International Cricket Council (ICC) stated that no associate member can be barred from taking part at the ICC Cricket World Cup and there is no chance anything like that would happen

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Recently, the International Cricket Council (ICC) turned down the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)'s request to sever ties with the nations that harbour terrorists. The apex cricketing body stated that they have no role to play in such matters and so, the Indian Board's request cannot be carried.

The BCCI CEO, Rahul Johri had earlier written to the International Cricket Council (ICC), urging cricketing nations to “sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates” in wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

However, the letter did not specifically mention Pakistan. On the other hand, the international cricket body said that they cannot bar a member from taking part in the World Cup and they made it clear that there are no chances that anything like that would happen.

"There was no chance that anything like that would have happened. The ICC chairman made it clear that the decision to ostracize a nation is taken at the government level and ICC had no rule. The BCCI knew it all along but still took a chance," a BCCI official told PTI.

The matter was lengthily discussed on Saturday at the ICC board meeting in presence ICC chairman Shashank Manohar. Meanwhile, the BCCI has clarified that the decision to boycott Pakistan clash at World Cup remains in the hands of the government.

Ahead of the top cricket tournament, the Indian cricket board released their new cricket kit: 

The arch-rivals, India and Pakistan are scheduled to face each other on June 16 at Old Trafford in Manchester at the World Cup.

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