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Bal Thackeray opposes cricket series between India-Pakistan

Posted on Nov 05, 07:04PM | UNI

Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray has strongly opposed the forthcoming India-Pakistan cricket series, scheduled to begin from December 25, and slammed the Centre for giving a go ahead to it.

In an editorial in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna, the 86-year-old leader warned that his party won't allow the upcoming series, while castigating the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government as 'an enemy of national pride' for giving the green signal to the tour.

The Sena chief came down heavily on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), accusing it of 'betraying the country for the sake of money' and making Indian cricketers a part of that process of betrayal.

Except for Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar, no cricketer has opposed playing cricket with Pakistan, Mr Thackeray said.

Alluding to Pakistan's role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror strike and the 2001 Parliament attack, he said allowing Pakistan cricketers to play on Indian soil was tantamount to insulting the martyred jawans.

The veteran leader lashed out at Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, saying he has offered his services to Pakistan by giving the green signal to the tour.

In October 1991, the Sena had dug up the pitch at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium to protest against an India-Pakistan match scheduled to be held there.