BCCI to toe government's line on Pakistan match, reiterates CK Khanna

BCCI acting president C.K. Khanna has maintained that the board will abide the government's decision regarding India's tie against Pakistan at the ICC World Cup 2019.

BCCI acting president C.K. Khanna addresses the media at Cuttack's Barabati Stadium on Saturday.   -  Ayan Acharya

BCCI acting president C.K. Khanna on Sunday reiterated that the board would toe the government line with regard to playing against Pakistan in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019, which begins on May 30 in England.

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There has been a call to boycott the June 16 face-off against Pakistan at Old Trafford in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack but Khanna said, "We will go by what the Indian government decides. The CoA did a press conference recently where it announced that no decision has been taken on the match yet. They are in talks with the government."

Asked when the Committee of Administrators (CoA) is expected to hand over the powers back to BCCI, Khanna refused to comment with the matter being sub judice and the next Supreme Court hearing scheduled on March 14.

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Expressing optimism on the ongoing domestic season, which saw over 2,000 matches being played with the addition of nine new teams, Khanna said that "it has been a success save a few complaints about the umpiring."