Ireland men’s national cricket team is currently in the Indian city of Dehradun for a full series with Afghanistan.
Dehradun is the capital of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, located in the foothills of Himalayas. Following the rising tensions between Pakistan and India, the ODI and Test legs of the series are in doubt.
The Irish team has reportedly been in touch with the Irish Foreign Office, United Kingdom Commonwealth Office and the International Cricket Council regarding the increasing war hysteria in India.
India also shut down international airports in the Northern and western parts of the country which has raised concerns among the Irish players.
It has been reported that Irish players are worried about their safety after India’s repeated aggression against Pakistan. They have communicated their concerns to the ICC and their foreign office as well. If the conditions worsen, the Irish team could abandon the tour.
The first ODI between Ireland and Afghanistan begins today at 12:30 pm. Note that the Australian men’s cricket team is also in India currently. So far, there’s been no information on whether the Aussie players want to shorten their tour of India.
India’s efforts to isolate Pakistan are clearly not working as the International Olympic Committee has already decided to not award hosting rights for Olympic-related events to India following the visa row. India also plans to raise the topic of banning Pakistan from Cricket World Cup 2019 at the ICC meeting, which is likely to be declined.