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India calls for ‘sturdy’ safety at cricket World Cup | Sports activities

India’s captain Virat Kohli (C) leads his gamers out onto the sector throughout the One Day Worldwide (ODI) cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Photograph: AFP

NEW DELHI: India on Friday demanded “sturdy” safety for its gamers and followers at this 12 months’s cricket World Cup in England, however pulled again from a boycott of its match towards Pakistan regardless of escalating tensions.

Calls have been made in India for the nation to tug out of their June 16 World Cup match towards Pakistan to protest the assault in occupied Kashmir final week which killed 40 paramilitary troops.

Vinod Rai, a senior official of the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI), informed reporters that they had despatched a letter to the Worldwide Cricket Council demanding robust safety on the World Cup and for the world physique to sever ties with nations linked to terrorism.

However he stated a choice on boycotting the one-day worldwide would solely be made nearer the date — and after consulting the federal government.

“The BCCI trusts… probably the most sturdy safety is offered to gamers, match officers and followers of Indian cricket for the upcoming World Cup,” the letter stated.

Whereas Pakistan has denied any function within the occupied Kashmir assault, the BCCI stated it “urges the cricketing group to sever ties with international locations from which terrorism emanates”.

Senior cricket figures akin to former India captain Sourav Ganguly and spin star Harbhajan Singh have referred to as for the nation to boycott the sport.

However Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar stated a boycott could be like a defeat to Pakistan.

Curiosity within the India-Pakistan sport in Manchester is so excessive that demand for tickets has outstripped that for the World Cup remaining, in accordance with ICC officers.

The World Cup begins on Might 30.


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