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Thackeray, founder of the hardline Hindu Shiv Sena, has opposes the upcoming India-Pakistan series, saying New Delhi should not revive cricketing ties with Pakistan.—AFP Photo

LAHORE: The head of Pakistan’s cricket board has sent a “get well soon” message to firebrand Indian politician Bal Thackeray who has demanded Delhi cancel next month’s tour by the Pakistani team.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf said he has wished the 86-year-old founder of the hardline Hindu Shiv Sena party, who is in a critical condition in a Mumbai hospital, a speedy recovery.

“I have sent a message of get well soon to Mr Bal Thackeray,” Ashraf told AFP.

“Our religion and our Prophet Mohammad taught us that we should wish everyone good health and life and following that I have wished him well and sent him a bouquet.”

Thackeray vociferously opposed the limited overs series which starts next month between India and Pakistan, saying New Delhi should not revive cricketing ties until Pakistan has brought the perpetrators of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks to justice.

The attacks, which saw 166 people killed, forced New Delhi to freeze all sporting ties with Pakistan.

However, the Indian government earlier this month cleared a tour of two Twenty20 and three one-day internationals by a Pakistan team in December-January – the first between the arch-rivals in five years.

Ashraf said leaders like Thackeray must help improve relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

“I hope that Mr Thackeray gets well soon and plays his part in bringing the two nations together by supporting both the teams during this series,” said Ashraf.

Pakistan is due to fly to New Delhi on December 22. They play the first Twenty20 in Bangalore on December 25. The second Twenty20 will be played in Ahmedabad two days later, followed by one-day internationals in Chennai (December 30), Kolkata (Jan 3) and Delhi (January 6).

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Comments (12) Closed

Nadeem Mirza
Nov 15, 2012 02:34pm
What a nice and smart move by PCCB Chairman.
M. Asghar
Nov 15, 2012 11:48am
The coming cricket series even limited in their scope, should go some way in breaking the ice of the harmful mutual misunderstanding.
Nov 15, 2012 01:17pm
Smart Guy!
AN Afgan
Nov 15, 2012 12:55pm
welldone Pakistan.
Nov 15, 2012 02:49pm
Nothing but a childish publicity stunt. He likes to remain in the limelight.
M Jahanzaib Alam
Nov 15, 2012 11:19am
This is a good gesture by Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board. Indian politician Bal Thackeray should welcome it. Sports and games have no boundaries and should be kept apart from all politics. Hoping that this sort of sport event would help in building a better relationship between the neighbouring countries.
Nov 15, 2012 03:00pm
Positive thinking demonstrated by the PCB Head. I appreciate it.
Nov 15, 2012 12:13pm
I also wish BT "well" !!!!
Nov 15, 2012 01:37pm
Love it. Way to go. Smart man and move. True pakistani spirit. Pakistanis, live and learn from PCB chief. Its all about humanity.
Nadeem Mirza
Nov 15, 2012 02:37pm
As somebody said, "Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer". Intelligent move...
Nov 15, 2012 02:37pm
Intelligent Move by PCB Chairman....
Nov 15, 2012 06:23pm
Respect everyone and love everyone despite their relegious belive: That is Islam And that policy shall be adopted beyond cricket......