/‘No indication’ India will boycott Pakistan World Cup clash, says ICC chief executive Dave Richardson

‘No indication’ India will boycott Pakistan World Cup clash, says ICC chief executive Dave Richardson

 

The 2019 Cricket World Cup starts in less than 100 days (Picture: Getty)

ICC chief executive Dave Richardson says there is ‘no indication’ India will boycott their World Cup match with Pakistan this summer.

Arch-rivals India and Pakistan are due to meet in Manchester on June 16 in the group stage of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

There have been calls for India to boycott the match, however, following a terrorist attack in Kashmir which left more than 40 people dead.

Legendary India spinner Harbhajan Singh, for example, said: ‘There is no need for any relations with Pakistan, let alone cricket.’

 

 

ICC chief executive Dave Richardson (Picture: Getty)

But the ICC appear confident the match will go ahead as planned, with Richardson insisting cricket has the potential to ‘bring people together and united communities’.

He said: ‘Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this terrible incident and we will be monitoring the situation with our members, including the BCCI and PCB.

‘There is no indication that any [of the] matches – including the India v Pakistan match – at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will not go ahead as planned.

‘Sport, and in particular cricket, has a wonderful ability to bring people together and unite communities and we will work with our members on that basis.’

 

 

Harbhajan Singh believes India should boycott the match (Picture: Getty)

More than 400,000 people applied for tickets to watch India’s World Cup group match against Pakistan at Old Trafford. The final attracted around 265,000 applications.

India has accused Pakistan of supporting the attack which was the worst in decades.

Harbhajan added: ‘Don’t play the World Cup match with Pakistan on June 16 – country comes first for all of us and we are all standing with our forces.

‘Pakistan has been promoting cross-border terrorism and this attack was unbelievably shocking.’

Two-time winners India are one of the favourites to win the World Cup, along with hosts England and defending champions Australia.

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