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Amid growing calls for boycott, CoA to take a call on India-Pakistan World Cup encounter today

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Ahead of the meeting, a BCCI official said the cricket body should leave the decision to the government.

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New Delhi Updated on: February 22, 2019 12:30 IST
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The future of the Indo-Pak clash at the World Cup 2019 looks in jeopardy.

Amid growing demands that India should boycott the World Cup clash with Pakistan in view of the Pulwama attack, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) will meet today to take a call, even as there are suggestions from within the divided cricket body that nothing should be done that may embarrass the country.

The CoA, which governs cricket in India, will meet today to discuss the issue, sources said.

They said the panel is likely to seek advice from the ministries of Sports, External Affairs, Home Affairs and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take “collective and responsible” decision with regards to the scheduled World Cup encounter.

The Supreme Court appointed Lieutenant general Ravi Thodge to act as a third member of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai on Thursday.

Ahead of the meeting, a BCCI official said the cricket body should leave the decision to the government.

One should leave the matters of foreign policy to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and follow the government's directions "quietly", the official, who did not want to be named, told ANI.

“Don't take a step that may embarrass you, your organisation and your country just to look good when you know it won't happen,” the official said.

“One must leave the foreign policy to MEA. If the government directs you, quietly follow their directions,” the official added.

Earlier, sources in BCCI had said that the cricket board will take the decision on the matter after having a consultation with the government while another board official had advocated an “unprecedented step” in the case.

At least, 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a terror attack carried out by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pulwama in Kashmir on February 14.

There have been growing demands that India should boycott its clash with Pakistan during the World Cup starting in May this year in England, as a mark of protest. (ANI)