Published On: Tue, Aug 11th, 2015

India to host World T20, Maharashtra not ready to host Pakistan

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The upcoming Twenty20 World Cup 2016 will be hosted by India, but the state government of Maharashtra have advised the Board of Cricket Control in India(BCCI) to not host any Pakistan games in their region.

Currently BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, who is also a Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) Member of Parliament is in conversation with the government of Maharashtra. In the region of Maharashtra there are two Test venues of Mumbai and Nagpur, the top officials of BCCI fear that political party of Shiv Sena might create some problem or law and order situation.

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According to Thakur the government of Maharashtra advised them to not host any Pakistan games in this region as several political parties will protest or create even worst situation of law and order. As we don’t know the relations between both countries will turn out next year and we are not wiling to take any risk.

BJP and Shiv Sena both are labelled as anti-Pakistan parties, but Shiv Sena has always taken extreme steps against the participation of Pakistani players in Maharashtra. Earlier this year in July, they protested against the participation of two Pakistani players in a Kabbadi League match in the result they both were benched.

Last year also they protested against three Pakistani kabbadi players and they were kept away from the matches in first Kabbadi League season in the state as they were threatened by Shiv Sena.

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The International Cricket Council(ICC) has yet to announce the final draws for the World T20, but according to the media reports India, West Indies and Pakistan are in the same group. In case of Indo-Pak encounter the match will take place at Chennai or Mohali.

Rather than the venues of Mumbai and Nagpur, India will host T20 matches in Kolkata, Dharamsala, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mohali.

A BCCI official said that we will ensure that Pakistan won’t play any games in Mumbai or Nagpur, as the final match of the World T20 will be hosted at Eden Gardens in Kolkata and there won’t be any problems in Bengal.

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