It was just over a week back that Pakistani Ghazal signer Ghulam Ali’s concert was cancelled in Mumbai after political outfit Shiv Sena protested against it.
While the political outfit got their wishes at that time, it seems they are now hell bent not to get Mumbai associated with anything that has got to do with Pakistan.
After attacking Sudheendra Kulkarni, for promoting a book of a former Pakistani minister last week, 200 workers of the political outfit earlier today stormed the Mumbai office of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), to protest their meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials that was to take place later today.
What is more, after the protest, not only was today’s meeting cancelled but the India-Pakistan Cricket series that was to be held in Dubai in December this year, and for which PCB Chief Shahryar Khan and Najam Sethi had arrived in India, seems to have been scarped as well.
Out of the 200 protesters who gathered outside BCCI’s Mumbai Office, over two dozen were detained by the police, while many others managed to escape.
Talking about the whole event a police officer told TNN:
“We are looking into it. Those detained will be booked as per law.”
Meanwhile the Shiv Sena workers stood clear of its stand with regards to Pakistan and said that if the talks go through in the future as well, they will continue to protest and will not allow India-Pakistan matches to take place in Mumbai.
PCB Chief Shahryar Khan, along with head of the PCB’s executive committee Najam Sethi, had arrived in India late Sunday evening on an invitation from BCCI’s newly elected chief Shashank Manohar.
The duo was hoping to convince the BCCI to confirm the India-Pakistan cricket series that was supposed to take place in Dubai in December this year.
Shaharyar and Sethi were not only scheduled to meet BCCI President Manohar, but secretary Anurag Thakur and other government officials as well.
According to PTI, a PCB source said:
“The PCB is mentally prepared to even settle for a shorter series but want it to be Pakistan’s home series and in the UAE,”
The report had further claimed that Khan had discussed the planned Indo-Pak series with BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on the sidelines of the ICC meeting in Dubai recently.
Thakur had at that time assured Khan that the final decision could be taken later this month and had then conveyed the news to Manohar, asking him to send Shaharyar an invitation to visit India.