Vinod Rai calls for Pakistan’s isolation

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All cricketing nations should sever ties with it, says the CoA chief

Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai on Sunday said the sporting community “needs to ostracise Pakistan” for fomenting terror activities just like South African was banned from international cricket due to the country’s policy on apartheid.

There had been calls to boycott India’s June 16 World Cup group league game against Pakistan in Old Trafford in the wake of Pulwama terror attack in which more than 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

The BCCI has already written a letter to the ICC urging “all nations to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates”.

Bigger picture

But the former CAG wants to look at the bigger picture rather than just one match as there is a possibility that India may have to play Pakistan again in the semifinals or final.

“We would be shooting in the foot if we don’t play Pakistan in the World Cup.

“Our aim should be to ostracise Pakistan as a cricketing nation,” Rai said.

He cited the example of South Africa, which was banned for 21 years from 1970 till 1991 due to the apartheid when black South Africans were racially discriminated.

“I believe something similar needs to be done with Pakistan,” Rai said.

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