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Pakistan should be isolated like it happened with South Africa: Vinod Rai

 NEW DELHI, Feb 24: Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai on Sunday said the sporting community “needs to ostracise Pakistan” for fomenting terror activities just like South Africa was banned from international cricket due to the country’s policy on apartheid.

There had been calls to boycott India’s June 16 World Cup group league game against Pakistan in Old Trafford in the wake of Pulwama terror attack in which more than 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

The BCCI has already written a letter to the ICC urging “all nations to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates”.

But the former CAG wants to look at the bigger picture rather than just one match as there is a possibility that India may have to play them again in semifinal or final.

“We would be shooting in the foot if we don’t play Pakistan in the World Cup. Our aim should be to ostracise Pakistan as a cricketing nation,” Rai told PTI.

“As I have said earlier, all cricketing nations should sever ties with them,” Rai said.

He cited the example of South Africa, which was banned for 21 years from 1970 till 1991 due to the apartheid when black South Africans were racially discriminated.

“I believe something similar needs to be done with Pakistan. They should be banned from all sporting activities just like it happened with South Africa,” Rai said.

The CoA chief also said that the matter will be officially tabled at the ICC chief executives meet during the quarterly conference in Dubai.

The issue wasn’t a part of the agenda but now that BCCI has officially written a letter, and the matter will be up for discussion.

“The matter will be officially tabled at the ICC chief executives meet and Indian board will express its concern,” he said.

When asked whether a consensus can be built in order to isolate Pakistan in the sporting world, the veteran bureaucrat said that it is done at the political level.

“It is done at the government level where you talk to other nations in order to build consensus,” he said. – PTI

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