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Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar unlikely to travel to Mumbai after Shiv Sena threat: sources

Cricketnext |October 20, 2015, 12:42 PM IST
Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar unlikely to travel to Mumbai after Shiv Sena threat: sources

Former Pakistan players and TV commentators Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar are unlikely to be available in the commentary team for the fifth ODI between India and South Africa ODI in Mumbai due to security concerns.

Akram and Akhtar pulled out on their own and their was no pressure from anyone as it was about threat perception. Both of them will return to Pakistan a day after the 4th ODI in Chennai on Thursday.

Both Akram and Akhtar are rattled by Shiv Sena's attack on BCCI office on Monday.

Akram's agent Arsalan Haider confirmed that the pair would commentate during the fourth ODI in Chennai at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and return to Pakistan on October 23, two days before the Mumbai match.

"Wasim Akram & Shoaib Akhtar will not be commentating in the last ODI between #IndvsSA on account of potential security hazard," tweeted Haider.

PCB chief Shahryar Khan was to meet newly-elected BCCI president Shashank Manohar in Mumbai to discuss the resumption of bilateral series between the two cricket crazy countries.

Just then, around 70 Shiv Sena activists barged into the headquarters of the Board of Control for Cricket in India shouting slogans and asking Manohar to axe the talks.

The Shiv Sainiks carried a black flag and, massing around Manohar's desk, shouted slogans like "Pakistan murdabad", "Shashank Manohar murdabad" and "Shahryar Khan go back". The BCCI chief watched the fracas quietly.

Police detained more than two dozen Sena activists and whisked them away. One protester said the Sena would not okay cricketing ties with Pakistan till it stopped killing Indian soldiers and civilians at the border.

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the protest was not a 'gherao' but meant to urge Manohar to cancel the negotiations with his Pakistani counterpart.

Later on Monday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that it has withdrawn Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar from the remaining matches in the ongoing India versus South Africa series.

Aleem, a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, had officiated in the first three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and was also scheduled to umpire in the fourth and fifth ODIs in Chennai and Mumbai on 22 and 25 October, respectively.

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