In­dia women to for­feit Pak­istan matches, says ICC

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In­dia have been docked six women’s cham­pi­onship match points after fail­ing to play against Pak­istan amid sim­mer­ing ten­sion be­tween the South Asian ri­vals, the world cricket body said yes­ter­day.

The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) awarded Pak­istan, who were sup­posed to host the games, two points for each of the three matches that were sched­uled to be held be­tween Au­gust 1 and Oc­to­ber 31.

The ICC tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee said it had con­sid­ered writ­ten sub­mis­sions from both the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) and its Pak­istani coun­ter­part be­fore mak­ing the call.

“The tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee was sen­si­tive to the cur­rent state of re­la­tions be­tween the na­tions of In­dia and Pak­istan, but con­cluded that the BCCI had not been able to es­tab­lish ac­cept­able rea­sons for not par­tic­i­pat­ing in this se­ries,” the ICC said in a state­ment.

The de­ci­sion means the In­dian eves, who stay fifth in the points ta­ble, will miss out on au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the 2017 World Cup in Eng­land.

Bi­lat­eral ties be­tween the men’s cricket teams have been sus­pended since 2012 when Pak­istan last toured In­dia, but they have met each other in in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments in­clud­ing the World Cup, World T20, Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy and Asia Cup. — AFP

BU­L­AWAYO: Sri Lanka bats­man Niroshan Dick­wella is in ac­tion dur­ing the fifth match of tri­an­gu­lar one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries be­tween Sri Lanka and West Indies at the Queens Sports Club in Bu­l­awayo, yes­ter­day. — AFP

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