Newly appointed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar faced protest on Monday morning for his scheduled meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) president Shahryar Khan along with PCB executive committee chief Najam Sethi. The protests were carried by Shiv Sena workers, reportedly around 40-50 in number, who barged into the BCCI office. Also Read - Unnecessary 'Parallel Governance': Shiv Sena Slams Governor Koshyari's Review Meeting
The protesters were seen carrying anti-Pakistan placards with ”Shahryar Khan Go Back” written on some of them. Both Shahryar Khan and Najam Sethi were to meet BCCI president to discuss possible window for a bilateral series between India and Pakistan in December this year. Also Read- Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) urges BCCI to allow December series Also Read - Umar Akmal Decides Not to Appeal Against Corruption Charges, PCB Refers Matter to Disciplinary Committee
The Sena workers surrounded BCCI chief and threatened him to cancel his meeting with Pakistani counterparts. As soon as the news broke, social media site Twitter was abuzz. Twitterati were seen divided over Sena’s protest. While some justified the demonstrations, some were up against Shiv Sena’s growing anti-Pakistan agenda. Here are some of the reactions. Also Read - BCCI Clears Dues of Contracted Players Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Says Won't Let Anyone Suffer in Tough Times
Following protests, the meeting between both the board presidents was cancelled. This is for the third time in past couple of weeks that Shiv Sainiks have protested against the presence of Pakistanis in Mumbai. The other two instances being Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai and Pune and an ink attack on Sudheendra Kulkarni, who had invited former Pakistani Minister Khurshid M Kasuri for a book launch ceremony in Mumbai.