The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is underway in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman. The associate nations along with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are locking horns with each. Four Teams among them will qualify for the Super 12s stage. While the teams that are already in the Super 12s stage are building up for the tournament by playing warmup matches.
The much-anticipated clash of the T20 World Cup, India vs Pakistan, is scheduled to take place on 24th October. However, the recent killings of individuals in Jammu and Kashmir has given rise to calls regarding the cancellation of the match between arch-rivals.
Even the Union minister of country Giriraj Singh along with some other ministers has supported the calls regarding the cancellation of the match. But BCCI’s vice-president Rajiv Shukla has made clear that the match between India and Pakistan will go as per the schedule.
Shukla stated that BCCI condemn their killings but the match between Indian and Pakistan cannot be cancelled as it is not permitted under ICC’s rule.
“We strongly condemn the killings(J&K). Strict action should be taken against terror organisations. As far as the match (T20 WC IND vs PAK) is concerned, under ICC’s international commitments you can’t refuse to play against anyone. You’ve to play in ICC tournaments,” Rajiv Shukla said.
The warmup match between India and England saw the festival of runs. Asked to bat first, the Jos Buttler-led side on account of Jonny Bairstow’s 49 runs and a brutal finish by Moeen Ali posted a mammoth total of 188 runs.
Chasing the target, Indian openers KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan came out all guns blazing. The openers gave their team a solid start, scoring half-centuries. Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant chipped in as well, scoring unbeaten 29 runs. He along with Hardik Pandya finished the game for his team with one over to spare.