Ex-servicemen League opposes World T20 tie between India and Pakistan

hidden, Feb, 11 2016
Ex-servicemen League opposes World T20 tie between India and Pakistan

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh's Ex-servicemen League has strongly opposed the hosting of T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Dharamsala on March 19 and asked the BCCI to reconsider its decision, keeping in view the sentiments of families of the martyrs.

"Terror and T20 cannot go together and the BCCI must review its decision after terrorist attack on Pathankot Airbase in which two Jawans of Himchal, Sanjeevan Rana and Jagdish Chand were killed. BCCI must honour and respect the sentiments of families of martyrs and other patriotic people," Chairman of the League, Vijay Singh Mankotia said in a statement issued here today.

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"After terrorist attack on Air Base at Pathankot, the BCCI should try to understand and respect the feelings not only of families of deceased soldiers but also of families of all patriotic Indians, demanding stern action against Pakistan and empathize with ex-servicemen and serving defence personnel.

"By holding Indo-Pak T-20 match against Pakistan, the BCCI would be insulting the sacred memory of martyrs and undermining their heroic deeds and sacrifices and we appeal to the BCCI not to heap insult to injury as the patriotism and nationalism of BCCI would also be on test," Mankotia, a former minister asserted.

Mankotia said if BCCI still goes ahead with the match, it would be an act of "betrayal and surrender".

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today said its government will decide over the national team's participation in next month's World T20 within this week.

The PCB had earlier proposed to play at a neutral venue in case its government doesn't allow the team to travel to India.


Published Date: Feb 11, 2016 | Updated Date: Feb 11, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115