Unable to host Pakistan women, India risk losing points again

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Author 2019-10-26 12:17:00

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MUMBAI: This could now be new president Sourav Ganguly’s first big challenge since he assumed office on October 23. Considering the current tension between the two neighbours, the idea of an India-Pakistan series, in any sport, appears nothing more than illusion.

The BCCI recently wrote to the government of India seeking permission to host Pakistan for a women’s ODI series at the end of November. This series would have been a part of the ICC Women’s World Championship (and hence accrue points for qualification towards the 2021 World Cup). With no permission forthcoming from the Centre, the BCCI is set to write to the ICC that it cannot host the series, and hence the points for the same, crucial for qualification for the 2021 World Cup, be shared between both the teams. This issue was discussed in the Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) meeting on September 16.

“The CoA noted that, as discussed at the ICC meetings, in such a situation, the points for the same are likely to be shared between both the teams,” mention the minutes of the meeting, put up on the Board website. The CoA demitted office on October 22.

An ICC source has made it clear that the BCCI may have to produce a letter from the Indian government that cites a reason as to why India can’t host the Pakistan women’s team for a series presently. “We’re waiting to hear from members (India and Pakistan) as to whether or not they can play (this series). They have to present evidence, for example, a letter from (their) government as to why they can’t play (this series). The technical committee (of the ICC) will then meet and make a decision on (whether) the points (will be shared or not),” the source told TOI on Friday.

In November 2016, India’s women’s cricket team had lost points for refusing to play Pakistan in Round 6 the ICC Women’s Championship. The matches had been scheduled to be held from August 1 to October 31, 2016. It meant that they lost out on direct qualification for the 2017 World Cup, in which they ultimately reached the final.

Retired players too have to take NOC from BCCI

In its meeting on September 16, the CoA had decided that even those players who have quit international cricket, and are not contracted by the BCCI anymore, are required to take a Noobjection certificate from the Board before playing in foreign T20 or T10 leagues.

First-Class travel for cricketers at all times

In another meeting, the CoA had approved business class air travel at all times for Team India players from both the men’s and women’s teams for all cricket-related purposes. It means the cricketers travelling to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore for injury rehab, medical consultation can now travel by air in business class.

BCCI to conduct tourney for under-16 girls

In its meeting on October 1, the COA decided to send an advisory to all the state association to conduct an under-16 girls tournament at the zonal level. There is presently a tournament at the under-19 and under-21 level for women, but not under-16. The BCCI organizes the Vijay Merchant Trophy for under-16 boys.

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