From verbal fights to physical ones, cricketers seem to have taken the responsibility of avenging their political leaders and fans.

The World T20 clash between India and Pakistan is still covered with clouds of uncertainty as Pakistan Cricket Board is concerned about its players' safety after Himachal Pradesh government's refusal to host the match in Dharamsala citing security reasons.

HP CM, Virbhadra Singh was quoted as saying, “ I think if the match takes place in Dharamsala, it would be against the will of the people of Himachal Pradesh. If our war veterans don't want the Indo-Pak match to be held in Dharamsala, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association should accept it. They are not opposing the holding of matches. They are against the Pakistan team playing in Himachal Pradesh”.

Recent attacks at Pathankot and Pampore have resulted in increased tension between the two nations. This increases possibility of Pakistan players being attacked and Himachal government doesn't find itself equipped enough to vouch for their security.

In reaction, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur pleaded him not to politicize matters related to sports and reminded Singh that 'the venues of the World Cup matches were decided one year ago, the allotment of matches was decided six months ago. People have made bookings and it is not fair to give such statements at the last minute'.

Virbhadra reportedly told Thakur to sort out matters with families of martyrs who claim to feel 'insulted' by March 19th match against arch-rivals.

If the match gets canceled, ICC might take the decision of never hosting an international match in Dharamsala. Thakur, who hails from HP is worried about such repercussions and is trying level best to somehow convince government to hold the match.

With the Indo-Pak bilateral ODI series cancelled a month back, this is second consecutive failure on the part of respective cricket boards to come up with a middle way of sorting matters out.

By: Ira Shukla

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