Shiv Sena threatens Pakistani cricket team

Hindu radical group Shiv Sena has threatened Pakistani cricket team two days ahead of the ICC World Cup and put a question mark on any final match which involves Pakistan.

“You all know Sena chief Bal Thackeray ‘s views. If the Pakistan team reaches the final (scheduled in Mumbai), whether to allow them to play, the Sena chief will decide,” Indian official news agency, Press Trust of India quoted Manohar Joshi as saying.

Joshi’s party has been vehemently opposing cricket ties between the two neighbours.

The former Lok Sabha Speaker’s statement comes a day after Pakistan Captain Shahid Afridi said a possible duel with India in the World Cup final would be ideal for the tournament and a boost to international cricket, drawing billions of viewers.

Arch-rivals Pakistan and India are in separate groups of the 14-team World Cup, jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and starts on February 19.

The April 2 final is being held at the renovated Wankhede Stadium.