The feet of Pakistani players won't touch Maharashtra but their tour of these cities is a matter of national shame, he said, in an editorial in party mouthpiece "Saamana" in Mumbai. Thackeray also flayed BCCI, saying "it was betraying the country for the sake of money" and our cricketers were part of the betrayal.
Referring to Pakistan's role in 26/11 and Parliament attacks, Thackeray said playing against Pakistani cricketers is an insult to our martyred jawans. Thackeray also criticised Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, saying he had "offered his services to Pakistan" by giving green signal for the Pak tour to India. "Except for Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar, no one opposed playing cricket with Pakistan," he said.
The Home Ministry on Oct 30 had cleared Pakistan cricket team's tour of India for a limited-over series beginning Dec 25. The Raj Thackeray-led MNS has also opposed the Pak cricket tour.
"Raj Saheb had already declared that we will not allow any India-Pak match in Maharashtra," MNS MLA Shishir Shinde said. In Oct 1991, Shinde, who was then with Shiv Sena, had dug up the pitch at Wankhede stadium to protest against an India-Pak match which was scheduled to be held.