On Wednesday the International Cricket Council has assured BCCI that it will “do everything” to address India’s security concerns during the upcoming World Cup 2019 the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.
At the start of the Indian Cricket Council’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.
“On behalf of the BCCI, Rahul Johri has raised concerns for the safety and security of the Indian team, match officials and the Indian Fans, at the CEC Meeting,” said a senior BCCI official.
Rahul Johri told the Chief Executive Committee that, the BCCI believes in the security that is being planned by the Indian Cricket Council and the England Cricket Board.
“The Indian Cricket Council CEO David Richardson assured the BCCI that the ICC will ensure that everything is done to address the concerns raised,” the official added.
The discussion on security wasn’t a part of the original agenda but on BCCI’s insistence, it has been ‘minute’ by the global body said ICC CEO.
India players such as Harbhajan Singh and Sourav Ganguli, have given the statement 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.
On the other hand, the players like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev want India to play with Pakistan rather than giving them 2 points by pulling out of the contest scheduled to be played at Manchester on June 16.
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.