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  • Indian government informed about BCCI decision to isolate Pakistan: Vinod Rai

    first_imgThe Committee of Administrators chairman Vinod Rai has confirmed that the Indian government has been informed about the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s stand on Pakistan and how it is planning to isolate the country from the cricketing community.India Today has learnt that Vinod Rai has spoken to Sports Ministry, the external affairs secretary as well as the home ministry about a possible boycott of Pakistan from international cricket and not just in the upcoming World Cup.Rai also confirmed that the government is also in sync with the strategy to isolate and ostracize Pakistan from the sports fraternity.India Today had earlier learnt that the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri left for Dubai at 8pm on Saturday night and will start informal dialogues with the member boards by Sunday evening.BCCI will first seek to align England with India because England is the World Cup hosting board. England also don’t travel to Pakistan for bilateral cricket and that’s what the BCCI will use.They feel if they get 2-3 boards on their side to express the same sentiment, the process to isolate Pakistan would have begun in earnest.Rai had a detailed chat with Johri and he has been instructed to flag this issue at every opportunity.Rai had earlier directed Rahul Johri to write a letter to the International Cricket Council to convey the message that the Indian board was against Pakistan’s participation in the upcoming World Cup following the terror attacks in Pulwama last week, which killed 40 CRPF jawans.advertisementThe BCCI’s letter had also expressed concerns over the safety of Indian players, support staff and the fans, among other points. BCCI also in the letter, urged the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from where “terror emanates”.”We must try to isolate Pakistan from cricket community. That’s what we are trying to do. We want other ICC members to realise that terror emanates from Pakistan,” Rai told India Today on Saturday.”Long term plan, we want to declare Pakistan as the apartheid of cricket. “Just the way South Africa at one point, no team was playing them. Similar plan we need to do with Pakistan where no team should play them,” he added.Also Read | Want to declare Pakistan as the apartheid of cricket: CoA chief Vinod Rai to India TodayAlso Read | BCCI will be shown security plans for World Cup, says ICC chairman Shashank ManoharAlso Read | Virat Kohli on World Cup clash vs Pakistan: We will go by what government and BCCI decideAlso Read | Unfortunate that politics and cricket are mixing: PCB chief Ehsan Manilast_img read more