Kabaddi league: Pakistanis axed from roster

Published: July 21, 2015
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Pakistani players removed from the Kabaddi league currently underway in Mumbai and Pune. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani players removed from the Kabaddi league currently underway in Mumbai and Pune. PHOTO: AFP

KOLKATA: Two Pakistani players who signed up for the on-going professional Kabaddi league in India will not make any appearances in any match held in Mumbai and Pune due to “security concerns”, Indian media reports said on Monday.

“Franchises will not field players of Pakistani origin for matches held in Mumbai and Pune,” said Mashal Sports, the organisers of Pro Kabaddi 2015, in a written statement to an Indian newspaper.

“This is in light of security concerns for the safety and success of the tournament being hosted in Mumbai and Pune,” the statement said.

Earlier, India’s right-wing party Shiv Sena threatened the country’s sports channel, Star Sports, to remove Pakistani Kabaddi players from the pro-Kabaddi league before upcoming matches.

Shiv Sena rally to remove Pakistani players from Kabaddi league. PHOTO: AFP

Ashish Chemburkar, Shiv Sena leader, warned the channel that his party will not allow Kabaddi matches to be held in Maharashtra state if Pakistani players were allowed to participate in the tournament.

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“Yes we have told Star Sports clearly that we won’t allow the tournament to go ahead unless Pakistani players are excluded from the tournament. While our jawans are being killed by Pakistanis how can we allow them to play,” questioned Chemburkar.

The Shiv Sena leader said the management of Star Sports had informed his party that since Pakistani players were not in a contract with any Mumbai franchise, therefore, there should not be any objection to them not being included in the tournament.

“We have clearly told them that we don’t care which team has picked the Pakistani players, we will not allow them to play,” clarified Chemburkar.

The Pro-Kabaddi league started airing on Star Sports from July 18.

Sena’s leader had also extended a warning to Star Sports of what he termed a ‘Sena style protest’ if players from Pakistan were showcased on the channel.

Following recent reports by the Indian media, it seems as if Ashish Chemburkar has been successful in his quest to exclude the Pakistani players from the tournament.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Hmm
    Jul 21, 2015 - 1:39PM

    Also target TV channels. Since all are based in Mumbai, they have to stop it .Recommend

  • Asghar Alam
    Jul 21, 2015 - 2:46PM

    The real Face of India, a wake up call for Aman Ki AshaRecommend

  • Rashid
    Jul 21, 2015 - 6:29PM

    Lets these poor players play in India. They will starve to death in pakistan with no food and electricity. I request authorities to help out third world neighbours Recommend

  • Mumbaikar
    Jul 21, 2015 - 6:45PM

    Shiv Sena is a party named after Shivaji who built the oldest railway station in India.Recommend

  • usman777
    Jul 22, 2015 - 12:08AM

    @”Rashid”, India has more poverty, more hunger, more people living on less than 2$ than sub-saharan africa..

    Whatever insult our actors/athletes face in Bharat serves them right…. Apni izzat , upnay haath may. On the other hand, I encourage Pakistanis to continue respecting guests like Naseeruddin Shah… our hearts and values must not change to the lowest denominator.Recommend

  • Nav
    Jul 22, 2015 - 9:49AM

    India provides lot of opportunity for youths who wants to make big in life.. India is the best country for the youths as almost all top companies are there in India. Space scientists, sports persons, actors, drama artists, IT engineers, mechanical engineers, financial experts and every one who has zeal to make something big in life can become so in India.. Even sports persons have professional leagues for almost every sports, so they can earn in millions if they are good any particular sport. That is the reason foreign players from across the world play in Indian sports leagues like Cricket, Kabbadi, Hockey, Football etc..Recommend

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