Shashank Manohar turns down BCCI request on terrorism

The ICC is believed to have turned down the BCCI’s proposal for member nations to “sever” ties with different members that harbour terrorism, saying the ICC was not the suitable discussion board to take such choices. The proposal got here in a letter sent by the BCCI quickly after the phobia assault in Pulwama, within the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, by which greater than 40 paramilitary troops had been killed and for which a Pakistan-based terrorist group claimed accountability.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Shashank Manohar, the ICC chairman, introduced up the matter in direction of the top of the quarterly Board assembly on Saturday and mentioned it could not be attainable to observe that proposal.

It’s understood that Amitabh Choudhury, the BCCI’s performing secretary and its consultant on the ICC Board, didn’t convey up the letter through the conferences. Manohar raised the subject himself, briefing the Board about receiving the BCCI letter and saying that the ICC’s major responsibility involved cricket.

The letter was despatched on February 22 by Rahul Johri, the BCCI chief govt officer, and marked to Manohar together with ICC CEO David Richardson and the ECB chairman Colin Graves. Johri talked about that the letter was being despatched on the behest of the three-member Committee of Directors (CoA), the supervisory authority of the BCCI until contemporary elections are performed.

Earlier than sending the letter to the ICC, the CoA chairman Vinod Rai had even overseen a draft model calling for a complete ban on Pakistan from the upcoming World Cup.

Though there was hypothesis in regards to the PCB being aggravated on the BCCI letter, not one of the Pakistan officers on the ICC conferences are understood to have raised any objection. That included Ehsan Mani, the PCB chairman, who attended the ICC Board conferences during the last two days.

Nonetheless, given the delicate safety state of affairs between India and Pakistan, Mani did search readability over the issuance of visas to Pakistan gamers through the 2021 World T20 and the 2023 World Cup, each tournaments scheduled to be performed in India. Mani is known to have flagged his concern on the visas subject in a letter to Manohar.

Manohar is believed to have advised Mani that as per the norm it was the match host’s obligation to safe the visas for all visiting groups and match officers and normally these points are dealt with a yr out from the match.

With India scheduled to play their World Cup match towards Pakistan in Manchester on June 16, earlier this week, through the ICC’ chief executives committee assembly, Johri had requested for assurance from the ICC and ECB (the World Cup hosts) on the safety of Indian gamers, match officers and followers that might be travelling to the England and Wales for the match that begins on Might 30.

Richardson has now reiterated his feedback, saying safety of all of the stakeholders – contributors, followers and media – was of “paramount” significance. “As you’d count on for a worldwide sporting occasion, the ICC, in partnership with the ECB has a sturdy safety plan in place for the Males’s Cricket World Cup,” he mentioned on the conclusion of the conferences in Dubai. “We work intently with the authorities in our host nations to make sure that the protection of gamers, officers and followers is a precedence.

“Ought to these authorities increase the menace degree of the occasion based mostly on intelligence, we’ll in fact uplift our safety dedication as acceptable. We’ll proceed to work with the ECB and our members all through the construct as much as and through the match to maintain everybody abreast of the state of affairs.”