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BCCI furious as ICC docks eves for not playing Pakistan

 Agencies |  2016-11-24 14:05:42.0  |  New Delhi/Karachi

BCCI furious as ICC docks eves for not playing Pakistan

There are possibilities that men's team might not play Champions Trophy in protest against the women cricketers being made "soft targets" in the name of rules and regulations.

A furious BCCI has lodged a protest with the global body who are well aware that any bilateral series against Pakistan needs government permission under current political scenario, which ICC's Indian chairman is well aware.

"ICC is well aware that in prevailing situation where Indian soldiers are being martyred, the sentiment is dead against playing Pakistan. The chairman is well aware that we need government permission," a furious senior BCCI official told PTI today.

"This is a move with ulterior motive trying to play into the hands of Pakistan. They would say if women can play so can men. But that won't happen. If ICC does not backtrack, the men's team in solidarity with our women's team won't play in Champions Trophy," he added.

An ICC release on Wednesday stated: "Following consideration of written submissions from both PCB and BCCI, the ICC Technical Committee has ruled that the India Women's team is deemed to have forfeited each of the three matches it was due to play against Pakistan in Round 6 of the ICC Women's Championship, and that the associated points should be awarded to Pakistan.

"The matches, which were due to be played between August 1 & October 31, 2016, were not formally scheduled and did not ultimately take place, and the Technical Committee has ruled that Pakistan will be awarded two points for each of the three games and, in accordance with the ICC Women's Championship playing conditions, India shall be considered to have scored 0 runs in each of the 50 overs in each of the three matches and that its net run rate shall be adjusted accordingly."

The Technical Committee said while it was sensitive to the current state of relations between the nations of India and Pakistan, but concluded that the BCCI had not been able to establish 'acceptable reasons' for not participating in the series.

The ICC's relationship with BCCI has soured on a number of issues since Shashank Manohar became independent chairman.

From changes proposed in revenue sharing to not having India in the working group, Manohar's stance has been perceived by many as anti-India despite BCCI members having full faith in his leadership.

A top ranking office bearer of the BCCI commented: "It seems as if Manohar's anti-BCCI stand is becoming an anti-India stance. As a former BCCI president he is well aware why the men's team could not play a bilateral series with Pakistan last year. Despite that if Indian women's team is docked points for not playing Pakistan, it means he does not care about the public sentiment."

With Parliament session on, BCCI president Anurag Thakur was unavailable for comment.

No clarity on Indo-Pak clash in Women's Asia Cup on Nov 29

The Indian women's team is scheduled to play Pakistan in the Asia Cup in Bangkok on November 29 but there is no clarity as to whether BCCI would allow its players to participate in the ACC-hosted tournament in the current environment.

The six-nation Women's Asia Cup will be held from November 26 to December 4.

India has been forfeited six points for not playing Pakistan in three scheduled matches as a part of ICC World Championship and it has not gone down well with the BCCI.

The BCCI has maintained that resuming cricketing ties with Pakistan is not possible owing to cross-border terrorism and the upcoming match will certainly be a sensitive issue as India hasn't played Pakistan between August 1 and October 31.

The ACC website has put out the entire schedule of the tournament in which India's match against the arch-rivals has been scheduled as an 'International T20' unlike some 
of the other matches in the same event.

However, the BCCI brass has to decide whether they would allow the women's team to play against Pakistan in a multi-nation tournament.

The last time India played Pakistan was at the Women's World T20 at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi, and the Sana Mir-led Pakistan team won against Mithali Raj's India.

The Indian women's team will be travelling to Bangkok in the next couple of days and all the matches are scheduled to be held at the Terdthai Cricket Ground.

The six teams participating in the tournament are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and 
Thailand. 

PCB welcomes ICC decision to award points

The Pakistan Cricket Board has welcomed the decision made by ICC Technical Committee to award 
six points to the national women's team after India refused to play a bilateral series in the 
UAE in October.

The PCB said that the ICC committee awarded the points to Pakistan women's team since the series was deemed as forfeited by the Indian team in the round six of the ICC women's championship league. The points earned in the championship league help to qualify for the next ICC World Cup.

PCB said in a statement that it had made comprehensive submissions to ICC, explaining that it made attempts in playing host to the Indian women team in Dubai but the efforts remained unsuccessful last October. "PCB thereafter involved ICC in this matter and finally requested the matter be referred to Technical Committee for decision of award of points," the statement said.

An official source in the PCB said that the ICC decision was being seen as a big step towards forcing India to fulfill its bilateral obligations which have been on hold since 2007. 

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