Pakistan Should Be Banned From All Sporting Activities, Says Vinod Rai

Updated: 24 February 2019 17:48 IST

The BCCI has already written a letter to the ICC urging "all nations to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates".

Pakistan Should Be Banned From All Sporting Activities, Says Vinod Rai
Vinod Rai said that the sporting community "needs to ostracise Pakistan". © AFP

Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai Sunday said that the sporting community "needs to ostracise Pakistan" just like South Africa was banned from international cricket due to the country's policy on apartheid. There has been a growing demand that India boycott their clash against Pakistan during the World Cup, which starts on May 30 in England and Wales, as a mark of protest against the Pulwama terror attack in which at least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and was claimed by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

The BCCI has already written a letter to the ICC urging "all nations to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates".

But the former CAG wants to look at the bigger picture rather than just one match as there is a possibility that India may have to play them again in semi-final or final.

"We would be shooting in the foot if we don't play Pakistan in the World Cup. Our aim should be to ostracise Pakistan as a cricketing nation," Rai said.

"As I have said earlier, all cricketing nations should sever ties with them," Rai said.

He cited the example of South Africa, which was banned for 21 years from 1970 till 1991 due to the apartheid when black South Africans were racially discriminated.

"I believe something similar needs to be done with Pakistan. They should be banned from all sporting activities just like it happened with South Africa," Rai said.

The CoA chief also said that the matter will be officially tabled at the ICC chief executives meet during the quarterly conference in Dubai.

The issue wasn't a part of the agenda but now that BCCI has officially written a letter, and the matter will be up for discussion.    

"The matter will be officially tabled at the ICC chief executives meet and Indian board will express its concern," he said.    

When asked whether a consensus can be built in order to isolate Pakistan in the sporting world, the veteran bureaucrat said that it is done at the political level.

"It is done at the government level where you talk to other nations in order to build consensus," he said. Opinions have been divided on the calls for boycott with former India captain Sourav Ganguly and senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh wanting the June 16 match to be called off.

However, they haven't clarified what happens if Pakistan make it to the semifinals or the final.

On the other hand, the two of the biggest names in Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar, want India to beat Pakistan as a walk over will mean giving two points on a platter to the arch rivals.

Skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri have maintained that they will "abide by whatever decision government takes." 

(With PTI Inputs)

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Highlights
  • India and Pakistan are scheduled to face each other on June 16
  • Sachin Tendulkar has backed India playing Pakistan
  • The BCCI's CoA took a couple of decisions with regards to Pakistan
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