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BCCI in plans to ask ICC to ban Pakistan from World Cup

According to reports, a draft letter was prepared on Wednesday and the board will hold a meeting on Friday to decide whether to follow through with the request...

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The BCCI have prepared a draft letter requesting the ICC ban Pakistan from taking part in the World Cup, as reported by ESPNCricinfo.

According to these reports, the letter was prepared on Wednesday and the board will hold a meeting on Friday to decide whether to follow through with the request.

The letter apparently argues that Pakistan should not be allowed to play in the World Cup because their government have been supporting terrorism in India.

This is the latest development in a breakdown in relations between the two nations after a suicide bomber attacked an Indian military convoy in Kashmir, killing 42 soldiers on Thursday, February 14.

The attack has seen an angry backlash in India, with cricketers like Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal all demanding retribution.

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Yuzvendra Chahal, Harbhajan Singh, and Sourav Ganguly

Harbhajan initially called for India to pull out of the tournament, saying: "World Cup is very small when it comes to the country...It's not right to keep playing sports with Pakistan when our soldiers are dying."

Former captain Ganguly echoed Harbhajan's sentiments, arguing: "I feel if India doesn't play a match in the World Cup, it won't be an issue. I feel it will be really difficult for the ICC to go on with a World Cup without India.

"I agree that after this attack, Indian should not only stop playing cricket, hockey or football with Pakistan but should cut all ties with them."

Current Indian international Yuzvendra Chahal went even further, suggesting war could be an option.

"This should settle once and for all," the spinner told India Today. "We can't tolerate it any longer. Every three months we get to hear about our jawans losing their lives to terrorism and we can't keep waiting for things to happen.

"We have to make things happen and we should settle this face to face, even if that means aar paar ki ladaai (fight on the battlefield)."

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