`Why no cricket diplomacy with Sri Lanka`

Shiv Sena has asked the centre to clarify if the `cricket diplomacy` was also applicable to Sri Lanka.

Updated: Apr 01, 2011, 14:10 PM IST

Mumbai: Attacking Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh for inviting his Pakistani counterpart to the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between India and Pakistan, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray today asked if the `special offer of
cricket diplomacy` was also applicable to Sri Lanka.

Terming as `foolish` Singh`s cricket diplomacy, Thackeray
said he would like to know if the Lankan President and PM have
been invited for tomorrow`s final in Mumbai.

"We came to know from media that Lankan president is coming for the final. We would like to know has he been invited officially," Thackeray said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana here.
"If no such invitation has been extended, then are we to
presume that the special offer of cricket diplomacy was
limited to Pakistan," he added.

"Why can`t India indulge in cricket diplomacy with Lanka
for the sake of Tamil brethren there, he asked.
Thackeray also objected to the Pakistani team performing
`namaaz` at the Mohali stadium.

The Sena chief also expressed satisfaction that Pakistan
team is not there in the final at Mumbai, "due to blessings
from Goddess Jagdamba".