Announcing a ban, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray has prohibited Australian cricketers from playing in Mumbai or anywhere in Maharashtra in protest against the attacks on Indians in Australia, said reports.
“We will not allow kangaroo cricketers to play in Mumbai and Maharashtra, till the attacks are stopped on Indians,” he announced in Saamna – Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece, reported ‘The Times of India’.
Thackeray lambasted on Indian cricketers, too, saying that they did not have self respect and lacked patriotism.
“The way they are showing sportsmanship with Australia, is highly condemned,” Thackeray was quoted as saying.
Needless to say, Shiv Sena had earlier prohibited Pakistani cricketers from playing in Maharashtra and the ban is still on.
“Our Shiv Sainiks didn’t allow Pakistani players to play in India to protest against the terrorist attacks by Pakistani militants and firing in Kashmir,” Thackeray said.
Thackery also congratulated Amitabh Bachchan, for he had refused an award announced by Queen’s Land University in Australia last year to protest against attacks on Indians.
“I will be very happy, when our cricketers also show spirit like this,” Thackeray said.