The talks of India boycotting Pakistan, and if required, the entire
ICC World Cup 2019 have gripped the entire cricketing spectrum in the
country, following the dastardly terrorist attack in Jammu &
Kashmir’s Pulwama that saw 40 CRPF Jawans being martyred. While
suggestions have come in stating India should not play Pakistan even if
that means giving away points, but as per a BCCI official, even the
threat of conceding the match in case of a walkout isn’t there.
The June 16 clash against Pakistan on the cricket field was never seen as a normal contest and now the matter has become even more serious. While it remains to be seen how things develop in the coming weeks, the big question is can India technically withdraw participation from the showpiece event?
A Special General Meeting of the board that took place on June 22,
2018. Revealing the developments from the same, BCCI tresurer, Anirudh
Chaudhry, spoke to Hindustan Times over the technicalities,
revealing that the Indian board was yet to sign the MPA (Member
Participation Agreement) and that put the ball is in their court in
terms of deciding whether to play Pakistan or not at the World Cup.
“The BCCI had resolved at the Special General Meeting that the
members participation agreement shall not be executed without the
authorization of the general body of the BCCI and the BCCI reserves all
its rights regarding the MPA and regarding its participation in any
other multi-nation tournament or games not covered by the MPA. That
answers your question,” he said.
Another board official, speaking to the paper, revealed that the
chance of conceding the match to Pakistan also doesn’t come in the
picture as the MPA remains unsigned. The situation, hence gives BCCI the
opportunity to refuse the match against Sarfraz Ahmed’s men without any
“The India board reserves all rights regarding the MPA and that has
been the consistent position of the BCCI. Therefore, the BCCI cannot be
forced to even play in the World Cup. There may be some provision where
if we do not play them in a match, they get the points. But as of now,
the BCCI as an organisation has not even given its authorisation of the
signing of the MPA and therefore it is free to lay down its conditions
regarding Pakistan,” he clarified.
If the facts hold substance, there’s no reason for India to worry as far as their fate at the World Cup is concerned. The pressure now falls on ICC as to how they go on to manage this tricky situation.