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Sever ties with countries from where terror emanates: BCCI to cricketing world

ANI | Updated: Feb 22, 2019 19:25 IST

Mumbai (New Delhi) [India], Feb 22 (ANI): India's cricket board on Friday urged the international cricketing community to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates, in a clear reference to Pakistan.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made the appeal in a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) against the backdrop of Pulwama terror attack.
It referred to the February 14 terror strike and said, "Most countries from which the members of the ICC hail (including the UK) have strongly condemned this terrorist attack and expressed solidarity with India. 
The letter was sent by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on behalf of BCCI.  
"BCCI urges the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates," it said. 
Although the letter did not name any country from which "terrorism emanates", the reference was clearly to Pakistan from where terror groups have been launching attacks in India.
Regarding the upcoming World Cup, the BCCI said that in the view of Pulwama terror attack, the Indian board "fears for the safety and security of players and match officials" participating in the global sporting event.
"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 (England and Wales Cricket Board) will ensure that the most robust security is provided to players, match officials and fans of Indian cricket for the upcoming World Cup," the letter said.
The February 14 terrorist attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama killed 40 personnel. (ANI)