The fear of Shiv Sena is still rampant in Mumbai as South African team management confined Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir to a Mumbai hotel.
Shiv Sena recently stormed into the BCCI office and staged a protest in front of Shashank Manohar against the meeting with Pakistan Cricket chairman Shahryar Khan.
South African team management urged Imran not to leave his room, that affected the visitor’s preparation for the first Test in Mohali starting on November 5.
Tahir was born in Pakistan and played U-19 World Cup for Pakistan. The decision was taken to avoid any unpleasant incidents. According to Mumbai tabloid Mid Day, Tahir wanted to visit the iconic Haji Ali Dargah but was not let to do so.
However, meeting between BCCI boss Shashank Manohar and his Pakistan counterpart Shahryar Khan has been rescheduled for Tuesday to discuss the future of the proposed bilateral series. The meeting in Mumbai was cancelled after Shiv Sena activist forced the Board to cancel the meet in Mumbai and hold it in Delhi instead.
“The talks have not been called off. Mr Manohar and Mr Khan will speak to each other on Monday evening and on Tuesday they are coming to Delhi for another round of talks,” IPL Chairman and senior Board functionary Rajiv Shukla told the news agency.
The meeting was to take place in Mumbai on last Monday but was cancelled after 40 to 50 members broke into the BCCI’s headquarters at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and “gheraoed” president Shashank Manohar, saying, “We will not allow any cricket ties with Pakistan.”
It was an utter humiliation for Shahryar Khan and Najam Sethi as they had to go back to Pakistan on the same day.
The Shiv Sainiks charged into the office chanting ‘Vande matram’ and slogans against PCB chief Shahryar Khan. They were carrying saffron flags of the party and black flags to condemn resumption of Indo-Pak cricketing ties.
The cricket tie between India and Pakistan has hit a historic low after the 2008 deadly terrorist attack in Mumbai.