Hockey India on Tuesday, Jan 15 asked teams, who all are participating in the HIL, not to play Pakistani players, informed sources.
Earlier on the day, Shiv Sena and Hindu Yuwak Sabha protested outside the hotels where the eight Pakistani players were lodged in Mumbai and Delhi, respectively. The protesters had demanded dismissal of Pakistani players from HIL.
However, defending the players from the neighbouring country, the brand ambassador of tournament, Navjot Singh Sidhu, asserted, "Any player or artist who comes from across the border can only fill hearts with love."
The Indian Premier League (IPL) styled league kicked off with Delhi Waveriders hosting Jaypee Punjab Warriors on Monday in the national capital. Shouting anti-Pakistan slogans, a group of protesters went onto the playing area that is strictly prohibited. However, they were immediately overpowered by the security guards.
Tension between neighbouring countries escalated after two Indian jawans were brutally killed and their bodies subjected to inhuman mutilation by Pakistani soldiers in Poonch area. Indian establishment has expressed strong protests against the inhuman killings of its jawans.
Here it can be recalled that similar kind of controversies had erupted when Pakistani players were not allowed to play IPL matches. However, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Vice President Rajeev Shukla had claimed, "No one is against Pakistan or Pakistani players in India or else we would not have allowed Pakistani commentators or umpires in the IPL 5 season. The reality is that everything is tied to the resumption of bilateral cricket ties between the two countries. Once that happens I think everything will happen automatically."