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BCCI wants India in separate groups from Pakistan

MUMBAI: In an attempt to extend its government’s strategy to isolate Pakistan, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday requested International Cricket Council (ICC) to place teams of Pakistan and India in separate groups for the multi-nation tournaments.

As per Samaa report, Indian board discussed the issue on the sidelines of the Special General Meeting here in Mumbai against the backdrop of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan.

“Keeping in mind that the government has adopted a new strategy to isolate Pakistan and in view of the public sentiment in the country, we request ICC not to put India and Pakistan in the same pool of the multi-nation tournaments,” BCCI president Anurag Thakur said.

“If the two countries reach the semi-finals and have to clash at that time, it is another situation which can’t be avoided,” he added.

The next multi-nation tournament is the Champions Trophy to be held in the UK about seven months from now.

Considering the traditional rivalry between India and Pakistan, the ICC generally puts the two teams in the same group in multi-nation tournaments to attract more spectators.