While India is all set to take on Pakistan after defeating Bangladesh in semi-finals, Pakistan has decided to opt out from the mega event citing safety issues as their major area of concern.
Pakistan has requested ICC to postpone the match so that team gets more time to prepare for players’ safety. ICC has rejected Pakistan’s request and has said there will not be any changes in venue and schedule.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has called England not safe enough to organize such big events. PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan in a press conference on Thursday said, “England is not safe for such events, recent terrorists attacks are clear examples. I can’t risk lives of Pakistani players who are at their best.”
BCCI has not given any official statements on the same but it is considering it Pakistan’s excuse to avoid India in finals. India has outstanding record against Pakistan in big matches.
PCB has also requested BCCI to drop Virat Kohli in finals and has promised Kulbhushan Jadhav’s release in return. Minister of External Affairs of India, Sushma Swaraj tweeted this in response to Pakistan’s request “We don’t borrow we seize”.
Pakistan’s stand on terrorism is dicier than its cricketers on pitch. Whether it’s an excuse or if Pakistan is really concerned for its players’ safety will be clear on Sunday. Till then keep reading Faking News.