Want to declare Pakistan as the apartheid of cricket: CoA chief Vinod Rai to India Today

first_imgCommittee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai speaking exclusively to India Today, made it clear that India’s plan will be to isolate Pakistan in world cricket and declare them as “the apartheid of cricket”.With the debate over whether India should play Pakistan in the World Cup raging, Rai argued that argued, “Why do we boycott Pakistan in World Cup when we have prepared four years for this tournament.””Its like shooting ourselves in the foot. Why damage Indian cricket because we don’t want to play Pakistan in World Cup,” CoA chief Vinod Rai told India Today.He said that India should try and isolate Pakistan and make other nations boycott them too.”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.”Long term plan, we want to declare Pakistan as the apartheid of cricket,” said Rai.”Just the way SA at one point, no team was playing them. Similar plan we need to do with Pakistan where no team should play them,” he added.Vinod Rai also said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will raise this matter in the next International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting.”Will raise this point in ICC meet next week,” Rai said.India Today has learnt that BCCI CEO Rahul Johri left for Dubai at 8pm on Saturday night and will start informal dialogues with the member boards by Sunday evening.advertisementBCCI will first seek to align England with India because England is the World Cup hosting board. England also never 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.Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai had a detailed chat with Johri and he has been instructed to flag this issue at every opportunity.Rai had earlier directed BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to write a letter to ICC to convey the BCCI’s message that the Indian board was against Pakistan’s participation in the tournament following the terror attacks in Pulwama last week, which killed 40 CRPF jawans.The BCCI had written a letter to the ICC on Friday in which it had 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”.READ FULL STORY – India vs Pakistan in 2019 ICC World Cup: To play or not to play?Also Read | BCCI will be shown security plans for World Cup, says ICC chairman Shashank ManoharAlso Read | Unfortunate that politics and cricket are mixing: PCB chief Ehsan ManiAlso Read | No decision on India-Pakistan World Cup clash yet: Committee of AdministratorsAlso Read | BCCI likely to consult Team India top brass over Pakistan boycott at ICC World Cuplast_img read more