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Will dig up pitch if Pakistan plays at Dharamsala: Virender Shandilya

National president of Anti-Terrorist Front of India, Virender Shandilya threatens stir if state government gives go-ahead for March 19 World T20 tie

Dharamsala: Demanding that the Pakistan cricket team be not allowed to play in the World Twenty20 match against India here on March 19, the Anti-Terrorist Front yesterday threatened that it would dig up the pitch to protest the holding of the match at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium here.

A general view of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. Pic/AFP
A general view of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. Pic/AFP

“If the Pakistan team comes to Dharamsala to play against India, we will dig up the pitch in HPCA stadium,” national president of Anti-Terrorist Front of India, Virender Shandilya said here.

Huge risk
“There is a high risk that Pakistani terrorists can enter the area during the match and if Himachal Pradesh government allows the tie. It will be the disrespect towards the martyrs of Pathankot and Pampore,” Shandilya told reporters here.

Shandilya claimed that he had written letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh in this regard and will also meet state Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Leader of Opposition PK Dhumal.

“We will protest against this match in Dharamsala in a big way in the coming days,” said Shandilya.

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