Akram, Akhtar to be sent back to Pakistan over Shiv Sena threat

Published: October 20, 2015
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In the wake of Shiv Sena’s attack on BCCI headquarters, Pakistan’s former pacers Shoaib Akhtar and Wasim Akram have been asked to go back to Pakistan before the fifth ODI between India and South Africa owing to a looming security threat.

Akram’s agent Arsalan Haider confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that the pair would commentate on the fourth ODI in Chennai and return on October 23, two days before the Mumbai ODI.

Akram and Akhtar were commentating in the ongoing India and South Africa ODI series. The development follows ICC’s withdrawal of Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar from officiating in the fifth match, which is scheduled for Mumbai, of the on-going India versus South Africa series following threats from Shiv Sena.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Rajiv Shukla held a meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan, Express News reported. However, Shukla clarified that cricket was not discussed during the meeting.

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“No issues related to cricket were discussed during our meeting,” Shukla said, while speaking to the media after the meeting.

The PCB chairman met the IPL commissioner and ICC officials in New Delhi, a day after workers of Hindu right-wing party Shiv Sena stormed the Mumbai office of the BCCI in India. Head of the PCB’s executive committee Najam Sethi also accompanied the PCB chief.

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Shahryar and Sethi had arrived in India on Sunday to hold talks with BCCI in a bid to finalise the India-Pakistan cricket series in December. However, Shiv Sena activists crashed through the gates of the office in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium chanting anti-Pakistan slogans and demanding Shahryar and Sethi’s immediate return.

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Shiv Sena, which is a junior partner of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra state, has in recent weeks threatened and cancelled Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali’s concert. Last week, its members attacked the organiser of an event for former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • k-roy
    Oct 20, 2015 - 1:44PM

    it is a lesson for all those who want to go india and work there, thinking that indian respect them being their fanRecommend

  • Muhammad
    Oct 20, 2015 - 1:44PM

    This is totally unacceptable. Pak should seriously consider boycotting the T20 WC in India. Recommend

  • A-No.1
    Oct 20, 2015 - 2:11PM

    From Incredible India to Communal India within no time.Recommend

  • citizen26
    Oct 20, 2015 - 2:15PM

    Shiv Sena doesn’t get this active when singers actors and actresses go to India. Some are even living there for years. Its odd that Shiv Sena loses loses its mind when it comes to cricket. Probably it is not Shiv-Sena they are being as a puppet in the whole episode.Recommend

  • Abhisek
    Oct 20, 2015 - 3:01PM

    All Pakistani, get converted to Hinduism if you need any respect in this world. Recommend

  • Sharath Chandra
    Oct 20, 2015 - 3:10PM

    All this furor because India asked Pakistan to stop promoting terrorism.Recommend

  • Amaan ki Asha,
    Oct 20, 2015 - 3:16PM

    good for all those who raise slogan Amaan ki Asha, Recommend

  • PK
    Oct 20, 2015 - 3:44PM

    @Sharath Chandra:
    by implementing it practically, right?Recommend

  • salman
    Oct 20, 2015 - 4:16PM

    I am quite actually happy to see true face of Hindu extremism getting exposed in India.Recommend

  • Ali Muneer
    Oct 20, 2015 - 4:22PM

    Thankyou Shiv Sena and other fanatics for proving that Two Nation Theory is a reality Recommend

  • Saad
    Oct 20, 2015 - 4:30PM

    can i ask to my across the border friends that what are they doing by commenting in a Pakistani newspaper’s website ??????
    on one hand they say that Pakistanies should go back to their country and on another hand they are fully glued to every Pakistani English newspaper’s website commenting on each and every thing….whether it is concerned to them or otherwise…. is it not hypocrisy of high standard ???Recommend

  • kilo Tiger
    Oct 20, 2015 - 4:44PM

    Bare be aabru ho kar tere kuche se hum nikle Recommend

  • Irtiza
    Oct 20, 2015 - 4:58PM

    What is going to happen with Adnan Sami Khan?Recommend

  • Sam
    Oct 20, 2015 - 6:11PM

    The entire “Aman ki asha” thing was a staged drama. If Indians don’t want to have a stable relationship then why Pak is bothering so much? Two nation theory is proved again even after so many years. Recommend

  • aam shehri
    Oct 20, 2015 - 8:07PM

    @Abhisek: hahahahaha
    how innocent you are!!! baby take horlicks 3 times in a day!! Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Oct 20, 2015 - 8:16PM

    @Sam:
    Newsflash India and Pakistan *are* two nationsRecommend

  • shehryar bukhari
    Oct 21, 2015 - 12:17AM

    Next on the list

    Shiv sina demands immediate divorce of sania mirzaRecommend

  • sunny singh
    Oct 21, 2015 - 1:03AM

    To all Pakistanis, please do not come to India. We do not like you people.Recommend

  • sunny singh
    Oct 21, 2015 - 1:05AM

    We understand Pakistanis want to play and work in Bollywood as they can earn more. But please do not come.Recommend

  • True
    Oct 21, 2015 - 1:09AM

    @PK:
    No there is a version difference…. violent & uncivilized protest on one hand & having terror camps, sending holy warriors by boat spreading peace message on the other hand. It depends what practical implementation you choose. So ponder over it …… Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Oct 21, 2015 - 4:07AM

    Why are the Pakistani so-called film artists, musicians and cricketers loitering in India? Dont they have anything to do in their country? No one from India is doing this in Pakistan. Recommend

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