Mumbai: Jul 16, 2012
While Shiv Sena on Monday opposed the resumption of Indo-Pak cricketing ties, Maharashtra Congress also expressed reservations, saying that BCCI should consider "people's sentiments".
India had snapped the bilateral cricketing ties after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
"There should not be any difference between what people feel and what the BCCI decides," said MPCC president Manikrao Thakre, adding that the cricket body should consider "people's sentiments" across the country.
BCCI on Monday agreed to have three ODIs and two Twenty20 International matches between the arch-rivals. India and Pakistan have not played each other in a bilateral series for close to five years.
Shiv Sena, always vociferously opposed to Indo-Pak cricket matches, said Pakistan should not be allowed to play in India.
"We should consider allowing them to come to our country only after Pakistan clears its policy on international terrorism," said Sena leader Ramdas Kadam.
Samajwadi Party's Maharashtra unit also toed the same line.
"Pakistan is a culprit (in terror attacks) in Mumbai.
How can we have sporting relations with them?" said its MLA Abu Azmi. (PTI)