Despite speculation surrounding India–Pakistan ICC World Cup 2019 clash owing to the Pulwama terror attack, the International Cricket Council (ICC) stated that there will be no change in the schedule.
After the terror attack, the Indian fans including some former cricketers said to not play against Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup in England. But ICC CEO David Richardson confirmed that the match will take place as planned and it’s not possible to make any changes.
Richardson said during a press conference on Tuesday –
“Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this terrible incident and we will be monitoring the situation with our Members. here is no indication that any (of the) matches at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will not go ahead as planned,” Richardson said in a statement to PTI.”
“Sport, in particular cricket, has the wonderful ability to bring people together and unite communities and we will work with our Members on that basis,” he added.
Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh was also one of them who said during an interview on Monday that India should not play against Pakistan. And a senior BCCI official didn’t like his statement –
“Harbhajan had shared his point of view but he didn’t clarify what happens if we are again pitted against them in semi-final or suppose final. Does that mean that we will be forfeiting World Cup semi-final or final? So, we are all talking about hypothetical situations,” he said.
More than 40 CRPF personnel were martyred after the brutal terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir.