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India last played Pakistan at the 2018 Asia Cup in UAE (AFP Photo)

The uncertainty over the issue of whether India should boycott their clash against Pakistan at the upcoming ICC World Cup in England continues.

While the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said the match is on, news agency ANI quoted BCCI sources as saying the Indian board will follow the government’s directive and that the picture will get clear close to the tournament.

“Situation will get clearer after some time, a little closer to the World Cup. ICC has nothing to do with it. If the government at that point in time feels we shouldn’t play, it’s obvious that we won’t play,” ANI quoted a BCCI source as saying.

BCCI is also aware of the potential repercussions of the tie should India decide to boycott Pakistan. “But the result of that would be that Pakistan will get the points of the match & if it is final (between India and Pakistan), they will win the World Cup without even playing. We haven’t yet approached ICC in this regard.

The news agency further quoted sources as revealing that the issue will be discussed on the sidelines of an ICC meeting in Dubai from February 27.

In the wake of the terror attack on Indian security forces, veteran offspinner Harbhajan Singh had expressed that the two-time champions should forfeit the fixture at the marquee event as a mark of respect to the martyred CRPF jawans.

Several BCCI affiliated units have removed the posters/pictures of Pakistan cricketers. Cricket Club of India had covered the portrait of former captain and current Pakistan PM Imran Khan.