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March 1, 2016

Virbhadra Singh takes 'nationalist' stand, beats BJP at its own game, opposes India-Pakistan T20 cricket match at Dharamshala

The India-Pakistan cricket match during the upcoming T20 world cup is under cloud.

Congress chief minister Virbhadra Singh has opposed the match in Himachal Pradesh.

Singh said that the match shouldn't held and he is against holding it in the State.

He said that when Pakistan-sponsored terror groups continue to target Indians, there was no point in holding a cricket match.

Virbhandra has taken a cue from the BJP that has taken similar stand in future. The match is scheduled on March 19.

However, now the tables have turned. BJP is at the helm in Delhi and wants to establish peaceful relations with the neighbours. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Pakistan recently. Also, BJP is no longer against playing cricket with Pakistan.

Singh has said that it was against will of people of the state. He also cited the example of terrorist attack and deaths in India viz. Pathankot attack, to raise the issue of martyrs. "When such are the circumstances, how can we play cricket with Pakistan", he added.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan said that it was responsibility of government of India to provide security to the teams. Meanwhile, BJP leader Anurag Thakur whose party earlier vociferously opposed Indo-Pak cricket when in opposition, has said that cricket should be played.

TIH Bureau

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