The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) on Sunday removed the photographs of Pakistani cricketers from various points inside the Mohali stadium as a “humble step” to show solidarity with the families of martyrs of the Pulwama terror attack. The decision was taken at a meeting of the cricket body’s office bearers here, PCA treasurer Ajay Tyagi told PTI.
“As a humble step, the PCA has decided to show its solidarity with the families of martyrs of the Pulwama attack. There is so much anger in the nation against the heinous attack and PCA is no different in this,” Tyagi said.
He said there are nearly 15 photos of Pakistani cricketers, which were kept inside the stadium at various points including in the galleries, long room, reception and ‘hall of fame’ area. The Shahid Afridi-led Pakistani side had faced a 29-run defeat at India’s hands in the 2011 World Cup cricket semi-finals which was played here in March. Tyagi said among the Pakistani cricketers whose photographs have been removed from the PCA include that of present Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Besides, other pictures are of cricketers including Afridi, Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram.
Earlier on Saturday, the Mumbai’s Cricket Club of India (CCI) decided to remove the portrait of former Pakistan cricketer and now Prime Minister, Imran Khan in the wake of what is labelled as the worst-ever terror attack in Kashmir’s history. CCI President Premal Udani said, “We respect Imran Khan’s cricket credentials but at the same time he is Pakistan PM & we’re just showing our solidarity for our forces & our country. We have temporarily covered his portrait but we will soon meet and decide over removing his portrait from CCI permanently. It’s a weekend and we hope in some days, we will have a detailed board meet and a decision for removal of this portrait will be taken in that.”
More than 40+ CRPF jawans were killed during the terrorist attack carried out by Pakistan’s terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad” that has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Pulwama attack is the biggest in Jammu and Kashmir’s history.
(With PTI Inputs)