Uncertanity over the marque Twenty20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Dharamshala continues even after a meeting between BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.
The Chief Minister reportedly told the BCCI Secretary to sort out the matter with the families of martyrs and ex- servicemen in Kangra, who are up in arms against the March 19 match and consider it as an “insult” to the martyrs who lost their lives in Pathankot airbase attack.
“The Government respects the feelings of families of martyrs and ex-servicemen and cannot resort to use of force against them,” Chief Minister Virbhadra was reported to have told Thakur.
However, Thakur told the Chief Minister that the match was fixed long ago and in case it was cancelled, it would not be in the interest of the state and pleaded for hosting it as scheduled.
The Chief Minister has put the ball in the court of BCCI and asked Thakur to sort out the issue with the families of the martyrs and ex-servicemen, who have strongly opposed it.
“The public opinion is against the match, our ex- servicemen are respected people and it would be appropriate for the BCCI to talk to the ex-servicemen,” Virbhadra said.
“The government had been providing security for the matches but this time, the families of martyrs and ex- servicemen are opposing it. They had gathered at the Shaheed Samarak in Dharamshala and taken a pledge against holding the match.