India vs Pakistan in 2016 ICC World T20 is under the cloud

SANDIPAN GHOSH / 06 January 2016

The India-Pakistan match in the upcoming 2016 ICC World T20 is under the cloud after the Himachal Pradesh transport minister Gurmukh Singh Bali’s comment.

Due to the shameful Pathankot terrorist attack, based on the present situations, Bali requested to the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) for making a change India-Pakistan 2016 World T20 match venue.

On Tuesday, Bali asked BCCI to think again about the match between India vs Pakistan, whether it should be held at Dharamshala. The match is scheduled to be held on 19th March 2016 at Dharamshala.   

Bali commented, “I am leaving it all to Anurag Thakur, who is the BCCI secretary and HPCA president to take a decision whether to hold the match or call it off. If he decides not to cancel the match, then funds should be used only for the martyrs’ families. It’s he (Anurag) who has to clarify whether sentiments of the martyrs’ families or supreme sacrifice of two jawans holds some value vis-a-vis commercial cricket.”

Bali wrote on his Facebook page, “Personally, I am not against the cricket match. But, the match is not a friendly match between two nations. It’s purely a commercial event. Just imagine how Rana’s family and the people of Himachal Pradesh will control their emotions if Pakistan – which has inflicted serious wounds — sends its cricket team to play at Dharamshala.”

When he was asked about why he wants to ban on the match, he clearly replied, “Some social organisations and also locals have demanded this (ban). But, I have said what as a sitting cabinet minister had to say”.

At present, BCCI has to rethink about the venue for the India-Pakistan match in 2016 World T20. If it will be not possible to take place the match in Dharamshala, then surely the match will be got a big question mark. 

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