Talks between PCB, BCCI to be held at secret place in Delhi after Shiv Sena attack
Earlier, Indian media reported that Pak-India cricket talks were cancelled on Monday after workers of Shiv Sena stormed the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai to protest plans to resume cricket matches between India and Pakistan.
Shortly before scheduled meeting of Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan and new Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Shashank Manohar, some 50 members of the Shiv Sena Hindu militant outfit stormed the board s headquarters at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
The extremists carried saffron flags symbolic of Hinduism and black flags to condemn resumption of Indo-Pak cricketing ties, shouting anti-Pakistan slogans.
Shiv Sena fanatics were holding placard bearing slogan “Shaharyar Khan Go Back”and threatened that they would not allow cricket series between Pakistan and India.
Police have detained around 20 protestors and tightened security at the site.
Later talking to media, PCB chairman Shehryar Khan said he is visiting India at the invitation of BCCI.
Shaharyar Khan and head of the PCB s executive committee Najam Sethi arrived in India on Sunday in a bid to convince the BCCI for December s planned test and limited-overs series in the United Arab Emirates..
Both sides have signed an agreement to play at least six times from 2015-2023, but the India board needs its government s approval to revive cricketing ties with Pakistan.
Earlier, the PCB chief had also discussed the planned series with BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on the sidelines of the ICC meeting in Dubai this month.
The last time both teams played a test series was in 2007 when Pakistan toured India. Pakistan last hosted India for a test series in 2006.
Monday s protest is the third incident by Shiv Sena workers where they have protested against any Pakistani national.
First they used threats to force the cancellation of an appearance in Mumbai by Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali and after few days they targeted former foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri s book launch organisation Sudheendra Kulkarni in Mumbai.
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