The pictures include players like Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Javed Miandad and Shahid Afridi. The last match between India and Pakistan was played in the 2011 World Cup on this ground. PCA along with Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) has also removed photographs of Pakistani cricketers from the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
After the terrorist attack in Pulwama, there is an angry atmosphere across the country. To show solidarity with the families of the CRPF martyrs, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has removed the pictures of Pakistani players from IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.
The pictures include players like Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Javed Miandad and Shahid Afridi. The last match between India and Pakistan was played in the 2011 World Cup on this ground. PCA along with Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) has also removed photographs of Pakistani cricketers from the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.
Source: Hindustan Times
PCA treasurer Ajay Tyagi said that the decision was taken after a meeting by the association’s office bearers.
"As a humble step, the PCA has decided to show its solidarity with the families of martyrs of the Pulwama attack. There is so much anger in the nation against the heinous attack and PCA is no different in this," Tyagi said.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reacted to this. PCB managing director Wasim Khan said that the game always works to reduce political tensions. We will raise the matter in the ICC meeting next month, he said.
Earlier, the Cricket Club of India (CCI) had covered the picture of Imran Khan, which was in its restaurant. The CCI headquarters is at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium.
CCI president Premal Srivaani, while speaking to PTI, said that the decision in this regard was taken on Friday (February 15).
He said, "CCI is a sports club and we have pictures of current and past cricketers. We wanted to express our displeasure in this manner on the current developments. We just covered it but cannot say when the curtain will be removed from it.”
But on Saturday evening the news came that the picture of Pakistan's PM Imran Khan has been removed from the club's restaurant. Imran has played against India twice at the Brabourne Stadium. In his captaincy, Pakistan defeated Australia in a match played during the Nehru Cup in 1989, in which he was the Man-of-the-match.
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Last Updated Feb 18, 2019, 2:45 PM IST