Thatscricket - News - Shiv Sena will not allow Pak in India

Published: Friday, March 23, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: At a time when attempts are being made by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to revive cricketing ties between India and Pakistan, Shiv Sena on Friday said it would not allow cricket match with the hostile neighbours till Islamabad stopped abetting trans-border terrorism.President of the Delhi unit of Shiv Sena Jai Bhagwan Goel told UNI ''Today, when Pakistan is actively supporting and training foreign mercenaries in its land and then exporting them to Kashmir for spreading terrorism, how can we have any cricketing or any other sporting ties with it.''''We will not allow Pakistan cricket team to enter India for any tournament today, tomorrow or day after,'' he declared.Shiv Sainiks had a few years ago entered the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai and destroyed the wicket on the eve of the Indo-Pakistan cricket Test match due to Islamabad's growing involvement in terrorist activities in Kashmir.ICC President Malcolm Gray was in the capital during the past couple of days to impress upon the government the need to allow the Pakistan cricket team to visit India during the eight-nation ICC Knock Out tournament next year.Mr Gray, accompanied by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president A C Muthiah, had met External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh, Home Minister L K Advani, Sports Minister Uma Bharati and a large number of government officials in the capital to convince them about his point of view.The last time Pakistan team visited India for a Test series in 1998-1999, the matches were held amid heavy security in view of the threats from the Shiv Sena. The Sena had at that time though protested against the matches, adopted a soft posture because of improvement in relations between the two neighbours. But India scrapped all sporting ties with Pakistan after relations between the neighbours plummeted to a new low following the Kargil war in May 1999. Mr Goyal said Pakistan should completely withdraw itself from the terrorist activities in Kashmir and create an atmosphere for peace to return in the valley. ''Only if they do this and we get sufficient proof of their fair intention then there can be any question of holding cricket match with them. Till then no cricket with them.'' UNI

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