We Fear for Indian Players’ Security: BCCI Writes Letter to ICC
While the Committee of Administrators (CoA) refused to make an immediate decision on whether the Indian cricket team will play Pakistan or not, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has written to the ICC, raising concerns about security at the World Cup.
In the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack which killed more than 40 CRPF personnel, there have been calls for India to boycott the 16 June World Cup face-off against Pakistan at the Old Trafford. The three-member CoA had a meeting on Friday, 22 February, following which the BCCI wrote a letter to the ICC asking it to "sever ties" with countries from where "terrorism emanates".
Following is the text of the letter that the BCCI has written to the ICC, as reported by PTI.
This communication is being addressed to voice the BCCI's concerns and sentiments that have emerged after the recent dastardly terrorist attack which was carried out on Indian soil by a terror outfit based out of Pakistan which resulted in the death of 44 Indian security personnel.
In view of the aforesaid terrorist attack, BCCI fears for the safety and security of players and match officials participating in upcoming ICC events including the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Most countries from which the members of the ICC hail (including United Kingdom) have strongly condemned this terrorist attack and expressed solidarity with India. BCCI urges the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates.
The BCCI also wishes to express its concerns over the safety and security of fans of Indian cricket at the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
The BCCI trusts that the ICC and ECB will ensure that the most robust security is provided to players, match officials and fans of Indian cricket for the upcoming World Cup. The BCCI reserves all its rights and entitlements in this regard.
This communication is being issued for and on behalf of the BCCI by the Committee of Administrators for the BCCI appointed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India.