The Board of Control for Cricket in India has called on the International Cricket Council to “sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates” amid the fallout from the suicide attack in Indian-administered Kashmir. At least 40 Indian paramilitary police were killed in the attack, for which a Pakistan-based militant group has taken responsibility.
India and Pakistan are scheduled to meet on 16 June in an ICC Cricket World Cup group match in Manchester. “In view of the … terrorist attack, the BCCI fears for the safety and security of players and match officials participating in upcoming ICC events, including the World Cup,” a statement read.
“Most countries from which the members of the ICC hail have strongly condemned this terrorist attack and expressed solidarity with India. “The BCCI urges the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates.”
The attack has sparked anger and anti-Pakistan protests across India, although Pakistan has denied any involvement. There have been calls from some Indians to boycott June’s match, but Friday’s statement appears to support speculation India would instead try to force the ICC to ban Pakistan from the competition.