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‘Don’t play India in ICC events if Dec series is cancelled’

Former ICC chief Ehsan Mani has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board to not play India in the group games of ICC events if the arch-rivals don’t play the planned bilateral series in December.

Mani, in an interview to PTI, said that Pakistan would have to show some teeth in order to put pressure on the ICC to intervene and also on India to play the bilateral series planned in the UAE.

“I think Pakistan would be within its right to refuse to be in the same group as India in any ICC event. Until now it is common knowledge that the ICC s main revenues have been generated from scheduling a match between Pakistan and India in any ICC event in the group stage itself,” Mani said.

Mani said the last World Cup is an example of what he said and if Pakistan and India than meet up in a knockout match it means another financial boost for the ICC.

“I think Pakistan should tell the ICC they should not be kept in the same group as India in any of the ICC events. If the two <g data-gr-id="27">teams however</g> meet up in a knockout match that is fine but just by refusing to be in the same group will mean a big financial setback for the ICC because Pakistan and India matches are the <g data-gr-id="26">showpiece</g> for any ICC event,” he said.

Mani said such a move would definitely put pressure on the ICC and also on the Indians. “Another step the Pakistan board can take to fight their case is to highlight the presence of so many politicians in the Indian cricket board when the ICC constitution clearly discourages interference of government or politicians in any home cricket board,” Mani added.
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