BCCI urges cricket community to 'sever ties' with terrorism-emanating countries
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has urged the cricket community to "sever ties" with "countries from which terrorism emanates" amid reports it could propose Pakistan be banned from the Cricket World Cup.
A Pakistan-based militant group claimed responsibility for a terror attack in India-administered Kashmir last week, which claimed the lives of 44 Indian security personnel.
India and Pakistan are due to meet in the World Cup at Old Trafford on June 16 and the BCCI has expressed concerns over safety at the tournament.
The governing body said in a statement: "The BCCI wishes to address concerns and sentiments that have emerged after the recent dastardly terrorist attack which was carried out on Indian soil by a terror outfit based out of Pakistan which resulted in the death of 44 Indian security personnel.
"In view of the aforesaid terrorist attack, BCCI fears for the safety and security of players and match officials participating in upcoming ICC events including the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
"Most countries from which the members of the ICC hail (including the United Kingdom) have strongly condemned this terrorist attack and expressed solidarity with India. BCCI urges the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates."
Omnisport has contacted the ICC and Pakistan Cricket Board for a response.
There has also been talk of whether India might boycott the match against their great rivals in Manchester and the legendary Sachin Tendulkar says he will back whatever stance is taken.
The India great tweeted: "India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the World Cup. Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament.
"Having said that, for me India always comes first, so whatever my country decides, I will back that decision with all my heart."