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Shiv Sena renews its threat against Pak players

Shiv Sena renews its threat against Pak players

Kolkata have three Pakistani players - Shoaib Akhtar, Salman Butt and Umar Gul.

Mumbai: Hours before a crucial IPL match between hosts Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders, the Shiv Sena on Friday renewed its threat to stop Pakistani cricketers from playing in India.

The Kolkata Knight Riders have three Pakistani players - Shoaib Akhtar, Salman Butt and Umar Gul - in their ranks and the fresh threat from Shiv Sena, which has come almost a month after the high-profile tournament got underway, is unlikely to have much of an impact.

"They (Pakistanis) are the enemies of the entire nation and we have been opposing their playing here for many years now," Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray told reporters here.

Kolkata Knight Riders, owned by actor Shah Rukh Khan, will be playing their first match in Mumbai and both teams need to win the game to brighten their chances of a semi-final berth.

Altough Thackeray did not mention the names of any Pakistani players, he was apparently referring to Akhtar, Butt and Gul. Mumbai Indians led by champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar does not have any Pakistani cricketer.

When asked about the party's plan of action against the Pakistani players who will be playing at the Wankhede Stadium here this evening, Thackeray limited himself to saying, "Let the others speak out against them as well."

Over the last two decades, Sena has been opposing Pakistani teams and has indulged in tactics like digging up the pitch at Wankhede Stadium before the match due to which Mumbai has not hosted a single match between arch rivals India and Pakistan for many years now.



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