Shiv Sena scare: BCCI to keep Pakistan out of Maharashtra in 2016 World T20

Published: August 10, 2015
Pakistan are rumoured to be drawn with India and West Indies. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan are rumoured to be drawn with India and West Indies. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan cricket team will be travelling to India to participate in the 2016 World Twenty20 in March but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to keep them away from Mumbai and Nagpur due to the security condition in Maharashtra.

Once again, the villain of the story is none other than Shiv Sena whom the BCCI thinks will cause law and order hassle in the state if Pakistan plays in the aforementioned grounds.

Out of the eight grounds in India that will host the biggest event of the shortest format in cricket, Vidarbha Cricket Association in Nagpur and MCA (Wankhede Stadium) are both situated in Maharashtra. The other venues are Kolkata, Dharamsala, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mohali.

“BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur spoke to government bodies in Maharashtra and they have advised us to not have any Pakistan games as political parties might create some protest and there could be law and order situation in the state,” explained a top BCCI official to The Indian Express.

“We don’t know what the situation will be between both countries by next year but we don’t want to take any risk.”

Shiv Sena has been the cause of distress for the Indian government when it comes to Pakistani sportsmen visiting the country. They have previously opposed Pakistani athletes’ participation in Kabaddi and Hockey last year when the respective leagues were being held in Maharashtra.

Thakur happens to be BJP’s Member of Parliament and his party is also in power in the state and centre. This means that BCCI are going to play safe and not schedule any Pakistani match on the two venues.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has not yet announced a draw for the World Twenty20 but chances are that India, Pakistan and West Indies will be placed in the same group. Meanwhile, according to The Indian Express, Pakistan might face India in Chennai or Mohali.

“We will ensure that such a draw is been made that Pakistan team will not have to play any games in two venues in (Wankhede and VCA) Maharashtra. As the final will be held at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, there will be no problem in Bengal,” the BCCI official added.

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  • LOL
    Aug 10, 2015 - 3:04PM

    what a joke of a country India has become since Modi came to power.Recommend

  • Blunt
    Aug 10, 2015 - 3:18PM

    Strange to see so much terror of Shiv Sena inculcated in in BCCI’s mind. Recommend

  • ok
    Aug 10, 2015 - 3:38PM

    why are we sending a team there anyways? is it safe for us? based on what has been taking place in india (e.g. police station attack) obviously? so why do we not boycott playing in india, like they boycott us?Recommend

  • Manish Rastogi
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:03PM

    @ok. Please convince your cricket board to try that. Recommend

  • Indian
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:03PM

    @ok: Please google about “Most Dangerous Countries In the World – Top Ten List”, you will get answer. Recommend

  • shahid
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:08PM

    As ISIS is extremist and a rogue community/party; so is RSS, VHP and Shiv Sena; No difference.. So, What else is new ??? They all do the same thing, hold others at Ransom and get their Benefits … in short, it is called Extortion and Economic Terrorism; As soon as BCCI agrees to pay hefty amounts to there 3 terrorist parties, they will then become guardians of the game .. watch as see how this unfolds. Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:14PM

    Thanks india
    so who do we need to beat in kolkata?Recommend

  • Nikhil
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:19PM

    Please don’t keep Pakistan and India in same group. I care for my Pakistani friends they are not able to get out of shock of 10 successive defeats in world cup (6-0 in one day, 4-0 in T20). They can’t bear another defeat. Recommend

  • Abacus
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:21PM


    Your real fear is that India will beat you – yet again. In that case, sit at home. You will not be missed :-)Recommend

  • samir
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:24PM

    Isnt India unsafe for international teams based on these hindu terror groups?Recommend

  • Farooq
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:36PM

    Out of Mumbai means, Pakistan will not come to the final
    Our SF if we qualify will be fixed and the board will receive millions to lose SF in some other cityRecommend

  • pakistani
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:50PM

    @LOL: yes our guys are safe, common pakistani non state actors wont kill pakistani sports persons, its opposite india should decline to host pakistan to enter to indian soil. Recommend

  • Aug 10, 2015 - 4:56PM


    Aug 10, 2015 - 5:03PM

    Waiting for 11-0.Recommend

  • Ashokaa
    Aug 10, 2015 - 6:32PM

    Brave mumbaikars still live in fear. Around 10 men in speedboats came ashore at two locations and carried out a series of 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai. Recently Director General of the FIA admitted that this was planned and launched from Pakistan’s soil. I hope everyone will respect our feelings. When mastermind of the attacks are roaming free you cannot expect us to play cricket.
    And BCCI does not loose anything by not having world cup in country it will be ICC’s loss. They see India as a big market, if still any doubt you can ask PCB also. Every country\player that plays in IPL knows about our hospitality, nobody can question that. But Cricket therapy cannot heal our wounds. Recommend

  • Tom
    Aug 10, 2015 - 6:33PM


    Yes, it a wonder, pakistan always beg to play India.!!!!, why, why?Recommend

  • Inamullah
    Aug 10, 2015 - 7:38PM

    BCCI – Please schedule the semis and final in other grounds too – we Pakistanis are planning to bring the trophy home :)Recommend

  • Sam
    Aug 10, 2015 - 8:03PM

    Biggest democracy has to bend to religious extremists…no wonder there is so much hate on both sides.Recommend

  • Aug 10, 2015 - 8:20PM

    sir all of you people have negative minds.tRecommend

  • Pakistan supporter
    Aug 10, 2015 - 8:35PM

    I feel pakistan should show that we can play any where in India …I think we should not make a big deal of it. India has been a better team for last 5 years but we will bounce back . Being a huge circket fan I will love to see pak vs India final :)

    I only support two teams first pakistan second India ….either afridi or dhoni should lift the trophy Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 10, 2015 - 8:39PM

    If this actually happens India should be banned from holding an cricket related international tournaments. Recommend

  • Ashokaa
    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:04PM

    PCB should sincerely protest against this. At least they will know where they stand in world cricket and also if any other country\cricket board supports them. I believe not even Zimbabwe. Only solution I see is create your own world cup and then play in UAE.Recommend

  • AK
    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:24PM

    You really pinned these indians down there. LoL. Everybody is keen to reply to you. Well done!Recommend

    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:44PM

    Oh come, Shivsena is not a terrorist organisation it just a political party with a view that Pakistani players should not play on the soil of Maharashtra whether it Cricket, Hockey, Kabbadi or a Pakistani movie.They don’t have a problem if a Pakistani team plays in the other state. So there is not threat to anyone’s life. Stop all that rubbish and chill. Recommend

  • Indian
    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:54PM

    Share of countries in ICC- BCCI=23%, England-11.7%, Australia-5%, Pak-3.8% ,SA-3.7%.
    No you will get idea who dominates ICC. Even ICC can’t go against BCCI. PCB will not do anything believe me.Recommend

  • Anonymous Indian
    Aug 10, 2015 - 10:22PM

    It would be better if Pakistan withdraws from the T20 world cup. Less of a migraine for India.Recommend

  • ok
    Aug 11, 2015 - 12:35AM

    @ak: thanks. Just doing my national duty. Anything can happen. Maybe some communal violence.. Maybe attempted rape.. Who knows what the future holds. What we do know is that the government cant provide protection. We also know that modi encourages anti pakistan thoughts and preaches violence. Pakistan has many reasons to boycott. Other countries should just do it on human or rather women’s rights grounds ;)Recommend

  • Waseem
    Aug 11, 2015 - 3:21AM

    So what’s the problem? Pakistan cricketers can play in the remaining 6 stadiums…Recommend

  • Jay
    Aug 11, 2015 - 9:42AM

    Pakistan says India is oppressing Kashmiris,,,there is no trade with India till Kashmir issue get resolved,,,,and on the other hand Pakistanis demanding work permit in Bollywood… bilateral cricket series…ipl entry for pak players ….
    c’mon make it clear, there is no trade, no cricket, no diplomatic relations with India, till Kashmir issue get resolvedRecommend

  • Sana
    Aug 11, 2015 - 10:13AM

    Better not to have 2016 world t20 in India. Recommend

  • Liberal
    Aug 11, 2015 - 10:31AM

    Shame that ‘biggest democracy’ India is afraid of its extremist groups Shiv Sena and RSS.Recommend

  • Indian batsman
    Aug 11, 2015 - 2:54PM

    @Sana: Shall we shift it to Pakistan ?Recommend

  • AAmir
    Aug 12, 2015 - 3:03PM

    @ Indian , please google the top 10 terrorist in the world you will find your prime minister at the top Recommend

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