Photos Of Pakistani Cricketers Removed From HPCA Stadium

A general view of play at the PCA Mohali Stadium

A general view of play at the PCA Mohali Stadium

After the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, India made a decision to not play any bilateral series against Pakistan.

After the Cricket Club of India (CCI) covered the portrait of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in the aftermath of last week's attack in Pulwama, yet more stadiums in India have followed suit to remove photographs of Pakistani cricket legends from their picture galleries.

The Karnataka State Cricket Association joined the Cricket Club of India and Punjab Cricket Association in removing the portraits of Pakistan cricketers, including Prime Minister Imran Khan to protest the Pulwama attack. The entire nation is in a state of shock as well as furious following the gruesome attack. Before that, DSport, which was broadcasting the game in India, had also stopped the coverage. "If relations with Pakistan improve and the government changes its policy regarding playing against Pakistan, we will put up the pictures again...", said RP Singla, honorary secretary, PCA.

Congress veteran Ahmed Patel expressed displeasure over the Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's controversial move to grant $ 20 billion aid to Pakistan a day before his visit to India. PCA honorary treasurer Ajay Tyagi said. They have removed 13 photos of Pakistani cricketers including former skippers Imran Khan and Wasim Akram that were hung inside the HPCA stadium.

There are around 15 pictures of former Pakistan cricketers in the stadium premises at areas ranging from long room and reception to hall of fame. It is our symbolic way of showing anger against the terrorist attack.

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