In a bid to protest the Pulwama CRPF convoy attack, the Karnataka State Cricket Association has removed the photographs of Pakistani cricketers, including Imran Khan, from the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The photos were removed from the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday.
KSCA, as reported by ANI, said that it has taken the said action to show solidarity and support towards the army forces and protest the terror attack. Earlier, the Cricket Club of India (CCI), which is home to the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, had “covered” Imran Khan’s photograph to protest the Pulwama attack.
“We at Karnataka State Cricket Association to show our support to our armed forces & to express our strong protest against the recent terrorist bombing at Pulwama, we have brought down all photographs of Pakistan Cricketers including Imran Khan,” the state cricket body was quoted as saying in a statement.
The likes of Harbhajan Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Gautam Gambhir, Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla condemned the attack.
Harbhajan suggested that India should not play Pakistan in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. “India should not play Pakistan in the world Cup. India are powerful enough to win the World Cup without having to play Pakistan,” Harbhajan Singh had told Aaj Tak earlier this week.
Forty CRPF personnel were killed in the terror attack on their convoy on Srinagar-Jammu national highway on February 14. Soon after the attack, Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack and said that it was carried out by its suicide bomber.