Mumbai, Oct 19: Shiv Sena workers protested at the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) headquarters here in Mumbai on Monday morning after the Indian cricket board was set to hold talks with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over bilateral cricket series.
According to reports, Shiva Sena workers stormed into BCCI office and "surrounded" the board's president Shashank Manohar in his office today. The workers shouted slogans against PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan and were seen holding posters "Shaharyar Khan go back".
Shaharyar was invited by Manohar for talks over the proposed India-Pakistan series in December this year. As the protests erupted, BCCI was forced to changed the venue of the meeting to an undisclosed location. But some reports claimed the meeting was cancelled.
There has been no official word yet from the BCCI over the incident.
"Since he (Manohar) was not at the ICC meeting I phoned him and he invited me to tour India after a Working Committee meeting of the BCCI and I hope to get a final answer in eight to 10 days," Khan had said at a media conference in Lahore on October 15.
"I have told the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials during discussions with them in Dubai that they must confirm or reject the tour in the next 10 to 12 days," he said.
"The new President of the Indian board Shashank Manohar has assured us that he is keen on having Indo-Pak series and on resolving all issues between the two boards. We have stressed on the need to further improve relations between the two Boards," Khan said.
Shiv Sena workers storm BCCI office in Mumbai, chant slogans against PCB Chief Shahryar Khan. pic.twitter.com/RAfgkPbUaP— ANI (@ANI_news) October 19, 2015
Will not allow any cricket ties with Pakistan say Shiv Sena activists, Vande Mataram & Pakistan hai hai slogans pic.twitter.com/lhQcIHz7fN— ANI (@ANI_news) October 19, 2015
Mumbai: Security tightened at BCCI HQ after Shiv Sena workers' protest pic.twitter.com/HdkrejG3q0— ANI (@ANI_news) October 19, 2015
FLASH: BCCI-PCB talks cancelled after Shiv Sena's protest.— ANI (@ANI_news) October 19, 2015