On Wednesday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) assured that the BCCI that it will “do everything” to address India’s security concerns during the upcoming World Cup the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. At the start of the ICC’s Chief Executives Committee (CEC) meeting, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri expressed India’s concerns about the security of its players in the mega event which is scheduled to start May 30.
It has also been stated that Johri told CEC that BCCI has trust in the security planned by the ICC and the ECB.
Describing the same to PTI, a senior BCCI official said, “On behalf of the BCCI, Rahul Johri raised concerns for the safety and security of the Indian team, match officials and the Indian Fans, at the CEC Meeting. The ICC CEO David Richardson assured the BCCI that the ICC will ensure that everything is done to address the concerns raised.”
The discussion on security wasn’t a part of the original agenda but on BCCI’s insistence, it has been “minuted” by the global body.
Ever since the cowardly terror attack in Pulwama where more then 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives, there have been calls from various sections of Indian society, including former India cricketers, to boycott the Pakistan game even if India were to sacrifice two points. It has also further escalated further amidst the prevailing tension between India and Pakistan.
There have been statements from prominent India players such as Harbhajan Singh and Sourav Ganguly, urging the BCCI to boycott the June 16 World Cup group league game against Pakistan in Manchester’s Old Trafford after more than 40 CRPF personnel were killed in the Pulwama terror attack.
However, at this point, the BCCI has taken no stand on boycotting the game as there remains a possibility that both teams may end up meeting in the knockouts as well.