BCCI wants ICC Women C’ship to be ‘Best of Six’ contest

The Indian board has to abide by the “Government of India’s stand on bilateral ties.”

The BCCI cannot give assurances about India playing Pakistan.   -  AP

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has told the International Cricket Council (ICC) that the second edition of the ICC Women Championship should be a ‘Best of Six’ affair among the eight teams “because of the Government of India’s stand on bilateral ties.”

The eight teams in the women championship are Australia, England, New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan.

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It’s quite obvious that India has told the ICC that it will not be able to give any assurance of playing Pakistan. The ICC’s Women’s Committee has been informed about BCCI’s position.

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The BCCI has also told the ICC that it will abide by the Government of India’s position on bilateral ties featuring the men’s team. Here again, the BCCI was only conveying its inability to play Pakistan in the ICC World Championship League.