Shiv Sena to protest at all match venues hosting India-Pakistan tie

Pakistan had last toured India in 2007 for a full-fledged series © Getty Images

Mumbai: Dec 12, 2012

Shiv Sena has once again threatened to disrupt the upcoming limited-overs series between India and Pakistan in December.

Senior party leader Manohar Joshi said the party workers are planning to protest outside venues wherever the matches will be staged throughout the country.

He was quoted by Mumbai Mirror as saying, “Balasaheb Thackeray had taken this stand that unless Pakistan stops terror activities emanating from its soil, we would continue to oppose them playing cricket in India.”

The Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray had earlier accused the BCCI of “betraying the country for sake of money” and Indian cricketers of being part of that betrayal. Meanwhile, the Indian government has assured three-tier security for the Pakistani players.

Pakistan had last toured India in 2007 for a full-fledged series. However, following the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008, ties between both countries had come to a bitter halt. BCCI had initiated the resumption of cricketing ties earlier this year to which PCB willingly agreed.

The cricketing ties between the two nations were snapped after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

The Pakistan cricket team will arrive in Bangalore on Saturday night to play the first bilateral series against India in five years.

(With inputs from PTI)