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CoA to take call today on whether India should play Pak in World Cup

February 22, 2019 05:25 AM


CoA to take call today on whether India should play Pak in World Cup


The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA)—who on Thursday got a new colleague in Lt General (retd) Ravindra Thodge, former Master General Ordnance (MGO) of the Indian Army—will meet in New Delhi on Friday to take a call on whether India should play Pakistan in the 2019 ICC World Cup.

TOI had reported on

Thursday that the CoA has drafted a letter addressed to ICC chief Shashank Manohar, expressing concerns over playing against Pakistan. On Friday, the committee will convey its apprehensions to the external affairs ministry and the PMO and wait for “advice” before moving forward.

The CoA will then decide whether or not to send the letter. The draft of the letter demands that Pakistan be banned from participating in the World Cup, else India will recuse itself from the match with Pakistan on June 16.

Lt General Thodge, who is based in Nagpur, will not be able to attend the CoA meeting on such short notice.

However, TOI understands that the other two CoA members will seek his views on the crucial matter.

Big money riding on India-Pakistan match

What exactly do India stand to lose should they not play Pakistan in the World Cup? “Simple. Points (in the league stage) and forfeiture (in knockouts),” said an official. “If India don’t play Pakistan, or anybody for that matter, it is India’s loss. Pakistan will earn those points without playing if India forfeits. Forget legal implications and all, they really don’t matter,” he added.

Legalities will get involved only if the broadcaster decides to take up the matter with ICC. “The ICC could then legally take up the matter with BCCI. But that’s a long shot. Right now, that’s not the concern,” said those tracking developments.

For those wondering how much is an India vs Pakistan game worth, especially in a World Cup, here’s how a cricket industry executive put it: “If any match not featuring India is worth Rs 100, then any game featuring India (against any opposition) is worth Rs 150. A game featuring India vs Pak is worth Rs 200. Advertising revenue skyrockets for a game like this. And if India forfeits against Pakistan in the knockouts and bows out, every game that India could potentially have played post the forfeiture is an estimated loss.”

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