Pakistan pulls out of Blind Asia Cup Cricket Cup in India
LAHORE (92 News) – Pakistan’s cricket team for January’s Asia Cup for the blind has pulled out from the tournament to be hosted in India. The Pakistanis are worried about the security threat to their players, it is learnt.
Pakistan Blind Cricket Council Chairman Syed Sultan Shah said that the decision to pull out of the January games has been taken in the wake of the current sentiment pertaining to Pakistan and Pakistanis across the border. “The management needs to ensure the safety and security of the team,” he said.
Pakistan have already expressed security concerns after Shiv Sena activists stormed the Board of Control for Cricket in India offices in Mumbai on Monday and stopped a meeting between the big bosses of the two cricket Boards.
Earlier, yesterday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan expressed his disappointment after BCCI officials failed to agree to the December series.
The International Cricket Council is also concerned with the developments. Following the Shiv Sena attack in Mumbai, ICC withdrew Pakistani neutral umpire Aleem Dar from the fifth ODI at Wankhede Stadium scheduled on Sunday. Host broadcasters STAR Sports have also pulled out Pakistani commentators – Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar.