Rescheduled Pak-India cricket meeting called off after Shiv Sena attack
According to details, the two officials met at an undisclosed location after Shiv Sena activists’ barging of the BCCI Headquarters in which it was decided that the meeting scheduled for today will be held in Delhi.
However, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur later announced that the scheduled meeting will not be taking place.
He also said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government will decide the fate of the Pak-India test series that is expected to be played in December.
Pakistan lodges strong protest:
Pakistan’s Foreign Office stated that it has taken serious note of increasing number of violent protests aimed at disrupting scheduled events in India against Pakistani nationals.
The Foreign Office added that the effectve measures are needed to be taken in order to ensure that such incidents do not take place in the future.
Pak-India series in December should take place: Zaheer Abbas
ICC President Zaheer Abbas has raised the question whether the upcoming World Twenty20 2016 in India will take place given the ongoing situation in the country.
He said that the Pakistani players will have second thoughts of touring India in the current circumstances.
Zaheer Abbas said that the scheduled test series between Pakistan and India in December should take place in order to improve the ties between the two countries.
It will be upto Pakistan and India to decide on how to improve cricketing ties between the two countries.
Shiv Sena activists storm BCCI Headquarters:
Members of Shiv Sena on Monday stormed the Indian cricket board office at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai to protest against presence of Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan.
According to Indian media reports, Khan and Chief PCB executive committee Najam Sethi have been in India in a bid to convince the BCCI to confirm the bilateral cricket series in December.
Shiv Sena members stormed into the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) office protesting its president Shashank Manohar’s meeting with the chief of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Shahryar Khan, to discuss the fate of bilateral series.
According to the news agency ANI, the Shiv Sena workers barged into the BCCI office holding anti-Pakistan placards and shouted slogans saying “Shahryar Khan wapis jao“.
Scores of the party members were detained by police during the protest against the presence of Pakistani cricket officials.
Former top officials of Pakistan Cricket Board and others have condemned the incident. PCB ex-chief Lt Gen (retd) Tauqir Zia says in Pakistan we never treat our guests like this — the Indians should have provided security to our cricket officials.
Another ex chief of PCB Arif Ali Khan Abbasi commented “what else do you expect from the Shiv Sena?”
MNA from garrison city of Rawalpindi Sheikh Rashid has said that the PCB chief should not have gone to India at all and that this was an insult to Pakistan.
The right-wing party has been protesting anything that has to do with Pakistan, and the proposed series is the latest in the series.
Earlier this month, the Shiv Sena had protested the book launch of former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri, and its members threw ink on the face of the organiser Sudheendra Kulkarni.