‘No cricket with Pak­istan as Da­wood Ibrahim has shel­ter there’


Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) sec­re­tary, Anurag Thakur, has said that the In­dian cricket team would not play any se­ries with Pak­istan as the coun­try has "given shel­ter" to un­der­world don Da­wood Ibrahim and it wants to meet Kash­miri lead­ers dur­ing the (now can­celled) na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vis­ers-level talks, said a re­port pub­lished on the NDTV sports web­site.

In­dia has rou­tinely ac­cused Pak­istan of pro­vid­ing shel­ter to one of In­dia's most wanted fugi­tives.

In re­sponse, Pak­istan rou­tinely de­nies charges that it shel­ters Da­wood Ibrahim ever since the don be­came a fugi­tive for his al­leged role in the se­rial bomb blasts that hit Mum­bai in 1993 in ap­par­ent re­tal­i­a­tion for the de­mo­li­tion of the Babri Masjid in De­cem­ber 1992. Da­wood stands con­victed in ab­sen­tia in In­dia for the blasts, to­gether with sev­eral Mum­bai ac­com­plices.

Thakur, who is also a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment from In­dia's rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a strongly-worded tweet on Satur­day mocked Pak­istan's de­sire to play cricket with In­dia as ten­sions be­tween the two coun­tries run high.

In­dia and Pak­istan were sched­uled to play a se­ries in the UAE in De­cem­ber, how­ever, with Thakur's latest state­ment, the se­ries is not ex­pected to take place. Thakur had said last month that the se­ries be­tween Pak­istan and In­dia was un­likely un­til re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries nor­malised.

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