No talks with govt as yet on India-Pak World Cup tie: BCCI official

No talks with govt as yet on India-Pak World Cup tie: BCCI official
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The debate over whether India should play Pakistan in theirWorld Cup group-stage encounter in Manchester on June 16 has kicked off againfollowing the Indian Air Force action against targets in Balakot, Pakistan.

Officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) are yet to meet the government over the issue and take a call on thematter but one of them said after the Balakot operation that if the governmentwanted the Indian team to stop playing Pakistan in multi-nation events, theboard would follow the directive.

There are suggestions that foreign players would be asked tochoose between the IPL and the PSL now.

A BCCI official confirmed that a member of the SupremeCourt-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) did, in fact, propose thisduring a meeting last week but it was not backed by others who felt thatforeign players should not get involved in India-Pakistan hostility.

"The BCCI had resolved at the Special General Meetingthat the members participation agreement shall not be executed without theauthorization of the general body of the BCCI and the BCCI reserves all itsrights regarding the MPA (members participation agreement)and regarding itsparticipation in any other multi-nation tournament or games not covered by theMPA. That answers your question," BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry hadsaid.

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