Given the level of threats issued by the right-wing party, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has carefully chosen the venues of the series. Despite boasting of two best stadiums, Mumbai has been left out as a venue for these matches, clearly to avoid any inconvenience due to Sena threats.
When asked whether it was right to skip Mumbai as a host city, Kirmani said: “It is better to have these matches in a neutral venue, away from India.” The series which comprises of two T20 and three ODI matches, is scheduled to start from December 25 and all the matches would be played in Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi.
Threats to the Indo-Pak series from right-wing organisations is nothing new, as Shiv Sena has been vehemently opposing betterment of ties with Pakistan earlier as well. One has to remember that sports can be used to better the souring relations. “Sports is the best media to bring integrity and harmony between nations,” Kirmani added.