January 21, 2016 8:30:10 pm
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday opposed holding the India-Pakistan clash at the Dharamshala cricket stadium during the World T20. The match is slated for March 19.
Speaking to the Indian Express, Virbhadra said, “As Chief Minister it’s my duty to extend full support to the BCCI for holding World T20 and I have given my consent. However, I have objection to the India-Pakistan match in the wake of Pathankot attack at the Indian Air Force base involving Pakistani militants”.
He said two Himachal jawans laid down their lives in protecting the airbase station and fighting those militants.
“What will happen to the sentiments of the martyrs’ families when the Pakistan team play the match on the same soil, barely few kilometres from their homes. That’s why I am asking the BCCI to rethink on its decision,” he said.
“It’s my appeal to the BCCI to think of sentiments of the families and take a call . It will be in the interest of the country as there was demand already growing locally to cancel the match,” he added.