In the first official reaction coming from BCCI amid growing demands of a cricket boycott against Pakistan, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla hinted that India might refuse to play the arch-rivals in the upcoming ODI World Cup in England.
Shukla’s reaction came days after 40 Indian soldiers were martyred after an explosive-laden SUV rammed into a CRPF bus in the Jammu-Srinagar highway. Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad took the responsibility of the attack.
“We can't tell you right now whether we will play Pakistan in the World Cup as it is far away. We will see what happens," said Shukla about the prospects of India playing Pakistan in the group stages of the 2019 ODI World Cup.
Though Shukla did not directly say anything about refusing to play Pakistan even in an ICC event but his comments had enough indications that BCCI was definitely considering the idea of a complete boycott of playing against Pakistan.
"Our position is very clear. Unless the government gives us nod, we are not going to play with Pakistan. Sports should be above all these things but if somebody is sponsoring terrorism, obviously it will affect sports also," Shukla said.
India are slated to play Pakistan on June 16 at Old Trafford, tickets for which were sold almost a year ago.
IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla hints that India might boycott Pakistan in World Cup 2019