BCCI plans to keep Pak away from Maharashtra in WT20


New Delhi: Fearing Right Wing oppositions, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been in consultation with the state government of Maharashtra to keep Pakistan away from playing in Mumbai and Nagpur during the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 to be held in India. According to reports, BCCI fear that right-wing party Shiv Sena might cause trouble during Pak's visit in these places has forced the body to take such decisions.

Maharashtra’s two Test venues, one in Nagpur and the other in Mumbai, were selected to host the T20 matches, along with Kolkata, Dharamsala, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mohali. “BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur spoke to government bodies in Maharashtra and they have advised us to not have any Pakistan games as political parties might create some protest and there could be law and order situation in the state. We don’t know what the situation will be between both countries by next year but we don’t want to take any risk,” a top BCCI official told The Indian Express.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has not yet announced the final draws for the World T20, but The Indian Express said in its report that India might play with Pakistan and West Indies in the same group. In case of an India-Pakistan encounter, Chennai or Mohali would most likely be the host, the report said. “We will ensure that Pakistan will not have to play any games in Mumbai or Nagpur. As the World T20 final is scheduled to take place at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, there won't be any problems in Bengal,” the report quoted BCCI sources as saying.