Pawar shouldn`t have raked up Indo-Pak matches: Thackeray

Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray has flayed International Cricket Council president Sharad Pawar for his statement that he will push for resumption of Indo-Pak bilateral series, saying even thinking of such a thing is "sin".

Last Updated: Jul 03, 2010, 18:12 PM IST

Mumbai: Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray has
flayed International Cricket Council president Sharad Pawar
for his statement that he will push for resumption of Indo-Pak
bilateral series, saying even thinking of such a thing is
"sin".

"There was no need for Pawar to dig up the (matches
with Pakistan) issue sans valid reasons. Why is he indulging
in such unnecessary pursuits?" Thackeray said in an editorial
in party mouthpiece Saamana on Saturday.

"Even thinking of resumption of Indo-Pak cricket
matches is a sin," Thackeray said. "He (Pawar) knows about
cricket. We don`t. But we are cricket lovers and our
patriotism takes precedence over this craze for the game," he
said.

"Recent visits by the home minister and the foreign
secretary to Pakistan is a welcome sign. If India and Pakistan
start playing and it influences the bilateral relations, and
also if both the governments permit, we will be happy to
encourage (resumption of matches)," Pawar had said after
assuming the post.

Thackeray also wanted to know if Pawar, "who has said
he would work `full-time` as ICC chief, would quit as Union
Agriculture Minister or shift ICC headquarters from Dubai to
Delhi".

PTI