MUMBAI: Activists of the hardline Hindu nationalist party Shiv Sena stormed the headquarters of the Indian cricket board in Mumbai on Monday, shortly before Indian cricket officials were scheduled to meet their Pakistani counterparts to discuss reviving cricket ties between the two nations.
According to Indian media reports, between 40 and 50 Shiv Sena activists barged into the BBCI head-office at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, shouting slogans against Pakistan and carrying placards saying “Shahryar Khan waapis jao (Shahryar Khan, Go Back)”.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan and PCB’s executive committee Najam Sethi are in India for meetings with BCCI president Shashank Manohar and top Indian cricket officials to confirm whether the India-Pakistan cricket series will take place in December.
According to the reports, the Shiv Sena members barged into the BCCI headquarters and cornered the BCCI president, threatening him and saying they will not allow any cricket ties with Pakistan.
Indian media reported that the meeting between the PCB and BCCI offficials today has now been cancelled after the Shiv Sainiks stormed the BCCI office.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive of International Cricket Council (ICC) David Richardson has regretted the attack on BCCI office by the Shiv Sena extremists.
Addressing a news conference in Dubai, he said the cricket playing nations should promote mutual cooperation.