• Monday, 18 March 2019

CK Khanna welcomes COA decision on IPL money allotment

New Delhi, Feb 22 : BCCI Acting President CK Khanna on Friday welcomed the Committee of Administrators' (COA) decision to allot the money budgeted for IPL inaugural to the families of martyrs of Pulwama attack.

I welcome the decision taken by the COA that the IPL opening ceremony has been cancelled and all the alloted money will be given to the families of the martyrs, Khanna told ANI.

We cannot end their pain but I am proud that BCCI is contributing. We are with the country, its soldiers and people, he added.

Earlier today, the COA took no decision on whether India should play Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup and made it clear that the matter will be decided in consultation with the government.

The Committee, in its letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) urged to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates, in a clear reference to Pakistan.

It referred to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack and said, Most countries from which the members of the ICC hail (including the UK) have strongly condemned this terrorist attack and expressed solidarity with India.

The letter was sent by the COA on behalf of the BCCI.

Regarding the upcoming World Cup, the BCCI said that in the view of Pulwama terror attack, the Indian board fears for the safety and security of players and match officials participating in the global sporting event.

The BCCI also wishes to express its concerns over the safety and security of fans of Indian cricket at the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The BCCI trusts that the ICC and ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) will ensure that the most robust security is provided to players, match officials and fans of Indian cricket for the upcoming World Cup, the letter said.

As many as 40 CRPF personnel were killed in the February 14 Pulwama terrorist attack.

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