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Shiv Sena shadow looms over Pakistan team

MUMBAI: Two days before the World Cup begins, the Shiv Sena on Thursday again raised the issue of opposing Pakistani cricketers from playing in Mumbai or anywhere else in the country. Senior party leader and former Lok Sabha speaker Manohar Joshi said that the party’s stand on the issue is well known and would be fully pursued.

“If the Pakistani team reaches the final of the World Cup, Bal Thackeray will decide over the issue. After getting his signal we shall do the needful,” Joshi said at a media interaction here. The World Cup finals are scheduled to be held in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on April 2. Though a staunch cricket lover, in the past Thackeray had directed the party’s opposition to
Pakistani players, both in Test matches and One-dayers, as well as in the Indian Premier League.

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