Bengaluru, Nov 26: Thousands of cricket fans in India today joined together to trend "#NoCricketWithPakistan" hashtag on Twitter after reports emerged that the government had given nod for the bilateral series to be played next month in Sri Lanka.
On Thursday (November 26), Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave the green signal to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play series against India. IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla said the series (ODIs and T20Is) might begin on December 15.
With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) too awaiting Indian government's permission to resume cricket ties, fans urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to allow the teams to play. "#NoCricketWithPakistan" was the top Twitter trend on Thursday evening.
According to TV reports, Indian government had already given the go-ahead to BCCI. However, there is no official word yet.
On this very day (November 26) in 2008, Mumbai was attacked by terrorists from Pakistan. 166 people, including security personnel, lost their lives and several were injured. In Mumbai, tributes were paid today to the 26/11 martyrs.
Since that day, there have been no bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan. The two have however faced in ICC events, the most recent one was earlier this year at the 50-over World Cup. India won that game by 76 runs.
There were angry responses from fans on Twitter and here are some of them
We marched for India to show that Our nation is Tolerant. But We can't & we shouldn't be tolerant towards Terrorism.. #NoCricketWithPakistan— #MarchForIndia (@March4India) November 26, 2015
France : you attack us and we will attack you back India : you attack us and we will play Cricket with you 😐 #NoCricketWithPakistan— Girish Bharadwaj (@Girishvhp) November 26, 2015
"Cricket diplomacy" is anyway a hollow, meaningless term. It is and always has been a purely commercial endeavour. #NoCricketWithPakistan— Shuchi Singh Kalra (@shuchikalra) November 26, 2015
.#NoCricketWithPakistan Make a list of Indo-Pak series sponsors. Commercial Boycott. "Ashayog Andolan"— #GauravPradhan (@DrGPradhan) November 26, 2015