Vinod Rai
Vinod Rai (IANS Photo)

The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai has said the BCCI wants the cricket community to isolate Pakistan on the terror issue on the similar lines to what South Africa had to go through for their racial policies. (ALSO READ: BCCI wants ‘robust’ security measures)

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri wrote a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday saying the Indian cricket board “urges the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates.”

“Why should we shoot ourselves in the foot by not playing? We should seek their (Pakistan) ouster and remove them from the cricketing committee,” Rai was quoted as saying by The Indian Express on Saturday.

He added, “I look at it (the letter sent to the ICC) from the point of view that we are able to isolate Pakistan. Make it a cricket apartheid for Pakistan on the terror issue. The idea is to work hand in hand with the Indian government to isolate Pakistan in the cricketing community.”

Rai further said that the Indian cricket team represents the nation and the current setup feels strongly about the issue of terrorism. “The present dispensation feels strongly about it because we reflect the sentiment of the nation. We are not a closed cricket community, we represent the nation,” he said.

The report quoted a source as saying that the idea is to avoid what the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is going through. Pakistani shooters were denied visa to travel to India for participating in the World Cup in New Delhi. Consequently, the International Olympic Committee has imposed sanctions on India and there was the possibility of the global body revoking all 16 Olympic quotas on offer at the ongoing World Cup.

“The Olympics association took away the quota [two] and India had to suffer, we didn t want to be in that situation. So first, we want to have a consensus of the cricket world and then act. It isn t possible to just one fine day ask to remove Pakistan from the World Cup,” the source said.

There have been calls of India boycotting Pakistan at the ICC World Cup 2019 after a terrorist attack resulted in the death of 44 CRPF jawans earlier this month in Pulwama.