Still seeking international ban on Pakistan despite ICC snub, says CoA chief

Committee of Administrators (COA) chairman Vinod Rai Thursday said the BCCI is still seeking an ICC ban on countries that harbour terrorism despite a recent rejection.

Vinod Rai said the BCCI will abide by the decision of the government on the India-Pakistan clash at the ICC World Cup 2019.   -  Kamal Narang

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) will continue to emphasise its stand regarding “isolation” of Pakistan in the international cricket fraternity. The CoA will raise the issue at its meeting with ICC chairman Shashank Manohar in Mumbai on March 18.

Even though Manohar had made the ICC stance clear that it was a subject which did not fall within its domain, the CoA is no mood to relent. The CoA chairman Vinod Rai insisted, “The letter (seeking Pakistan's isolation) was placed (in the ICC meeting in Dubai recently). It is a process which goes slow. Have we been able to boycott any of the countries in the Security Council? The process goes on slowly. We have started the process.”

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Rai was in Delhi to attend a meeting of the CoA. The meeting was attended by recently-appointed member Lt General (Retd) Ravi Thodge, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, BCCI General Manager (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim and Ombudsman Justice (Retd) D. K. Jain.

India’s lack of WADA compliance was also discussed. The BCCI had steadfastly maintained it does not have faith in the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). To become WADA-compliant, the BCCI must to allow its players' samples be tested by NADA at the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL).

The ICC had stated its stand last week, “The (ICC) Board unanimously acknowledged its desire to remain WADA compliant and committed to working in partnership with the BCCI, WADA and India NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency) to resolve the issue as a matter of urgency.”

According to the CoA, the player contracts for the next season were finalised at the meeting.

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