Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), on Sunday, asked BJP MP and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur to clarify his stand on holding the match with Pakistan in Dharamshala in the upcoming World T20. Congress leaders were of the view that earlier, Thakur didn’t deem anything wrong with holding a match against Pakistan despite stiff opposition from families of martyrs besides people of the state.
The HPCC State Executive meeting was held in Shimla on Sunday which was chaired by Himachal Congress President Sukvinder Singh Sukhu. Sukhu lashed out at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) President Anurag Thakur for organising the India-Pakistan encounter at Dharamsala Stadium. Sukhu said that Thakur should contemplate canceling the match or shift it to another venue to honor the sentiments of the martyrs’ families.
“Congress supports the demand of families of martyred soldiers and general public and calls for shifting of match from Dharamshala stadium,” the state Congress President said. He said that Kangra is home to a large number of Indian soldiers including Kargil war heroes and with the war memorial located close to the Stadium, the present scenario calls for a shifting of venue from Dharamsala.
“As many soldiers from state had laid down their lives while fighting Pakistani terrorists, Dharamshala should not have hosted the game,” he said, adding that Congress would also stage protests across the state against the match in Dharamshala.
With a little more than two weeks to go for the high-octane India-Pakistan encounter in the World T20, a venue change could pose a huge logistics challenge for the BCCI who have so far shown no signs of shifting the tie from the hill station of Dharamshala.