No change in India-Pakistan World Cup match; says Richardson

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NEW DELHI: Amid speculation surrounding India-Pakistan World Cup clash owing to the recent Pulwama attack on Indian security personnel, the International Cricket Council on Tuesday said it does not foresee any change in the schedule of the mega event starting on May 30.

In the wake of the attack, former India Test spinner Harbhajan Singh wanted the Indian team to call off their June 16 match against Pakistan in Manchester.

However, when asked about the matter, Richardson made it clear that there is no such indication as of now that the match will be cancelled. “Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this terrible incident and we will be monitoring the situation with our Members,” Dev Richardson said, offering his condolences on the terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

“There is no indication that any [of the] matches at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will not go ahead as planned,” Richardson said in a statement. “Sport, in particular cricket, has the wonderful ability to bring people together and unite communities and we will work with our Members on that basis,” he added.

Even the men who mattered in the BCCI said that not playing Pakistan in the World Cup is a “long shot” as of now.

“Harbhajan had shared his point of view but he didn’t clarify what happens if we are again pitted against them in semi-final or suppose final. Does that mean that we will be forfeiting World Cup semifinal or final? So, we are all talking about hypothetical situations,” a senior BCCI official said.

“For the record, India played Pakistan in a World Cup game in England in 1999 edition when Kargil War was at its peak,” the official added.