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ICC penalises, BCCI cries foul

ICC penalises, BCCI cries foul
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India\'s relations with the International Cricket Council, headed by former BCCI chief Shashank Manohar,

New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India's relations with the International Cricket Council, headed by former BCCI chief Shashank Manohar, hit a new low after the Indian women's cricket team was docked six points for not playing bilateral series with Pakistan between August 1 to October 31 as per agreement.

There is a possibility that the men's team might not play the ICC Champions Trophy next year in protest against the women cricketers being made "soft targets" in the name of rules and regulations.

A furious BCCI has lodged a protest with the global body who are well aware that any bilateral series against Pakistan needs government permission under current political scenario, which the ICC's Indian chairman is well aware.

"ICC is well aware that in prevailing situation where Indian soldiers are being martyred, the sentiment is dead against playing Pakistan.

The chairman is well aware that we need government permission," a furious senior BCCI official said on Wednesday.

"This is a move with ulterior motive trying to play into the hands of Pakistan. They would say if women can play so can men. But that won't happen. If ICC does not backtrack, the men's team in solidarity with our women's team won't play in Champions Trophy," he added.

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