PCB rubbishes BCCI boss’s statements

The Pakistan Cricket Board have refused to take the bait thrown out by BCCI president Anurag Thakur, after he said that the two countries should not be put in the same group in ICC tournaments.

According to media house PTI, a senior PCB official dismissed the comments as those of a politician playing to the media, and that group allocations for next year's Champions Trophy could not be changed.

Thakur was quoted as saying this week: "Keeping in mind that the government has adopted a new strategy to isolate Pakistan and in view of the public sentiment in the country, we request ICC not to put India and Pakistan in the same pool of the multi-nation tournaments.

"If the two countries reach the semi-finals and have to clash at that time, it is another situation which can't be avoided."

The official, who was not named, said of the statement on The Statesman: "We are hearing and reading such statements in recent days but we don't think it is necessary to react to them at this stage.

"If they really don't want to play Pakistan at all would they be willing to forfeit the match against us in next year's Champions Trophy."

Another source added: "No changes can be made now so what is the purpose of such statements except to play to the galleries."

The two sides are in a group with Sri Lanka and South Africa. The tournament will be played in England next year.

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