LONDON: Outgoing Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) chief Dave Richardson on Tuesday stated the cricket’s governing physique has no causes to make any modifications to the proposed World Cup schedule and that each one matches might be performed as scheduled.
“No indications have been despatched from both board concerning the World Cup conflict not happening,” Richardson advised ESPNcricinfo in London, the place he was current to mark the 100-day countdown to the event. “We’ve not written to the boards as but.”
“Our ideas are with the people who have been impacted by the incident. And we’re monitoring the scenario with our members together with the BCCI and PCB. Definitely, there are not any indications any of the matches, together with the Pakistan-India match, is not going to be performed as deliberate on the World Cup. However as I say we’ll proceed to observe the scenario.”
Richardson assertion comes a day after Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh had urged for the World Cup fixture between the nations to be known as off.
The World Cup, which kicks off on Could 30 in England and Wales, will see the high-profile match between sub-continent arch-rivals Pakistan and India performed on June 16.
Echoing comparable sentiments, World Cup event director Steve Elworthy stated the Pakistan-India match would be the largest attraction of the event.
“It’s most likely one of many largest sporting occasions on the earth,” Elworthy stated. “You consider that match and also you consider the fervour, the help, the viewers, the [number of] individuals who utilized for tickets.”
Giving the instance of the 2017 Champions Trophy closing between Pakistan and India, Elworthy stated, “That individual recreation, we had over 400,000 functions for tickets, which is an unimaginable quantity. The stadium solely holds 25,000 folks. So there are a selection of dissatisfied folks. That is simply regionally, however [there is also] the viewers globally.”
If both one of many groups does resolve to forfeit the march, Richardson stated the ICC would open the rule books to establish the repercussions. “There’s justifiable non-compliance and unjustifiable,” he stated. “That we should cope with underneath the taking part in rules.”
Furthermore, stadiums in India have been eradicating images of Pakistan cricketers following the assault in Pulwama. The Cricket Membership of India lined the portrait of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan with extra stadiums following go well with.
The IS Bindra PCA Stadium in Mohali pulled down 15 photographs of Pakistani cricketers together with Javed Miandad, Shahid Afridi and Wasim Akram.