Indians slam Shiv Sena after Dar, Akram, Akhtar forced to leave India-SA tour - Twitter Sources
Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar is a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and has officiated in almost 300 international matches. In the ongoing India-South Africa series, he had officiated in the first three matches and was also scheduled to umpire in the fourth and fifth ODIs in Chennai and Mumbai.
However, the ICC had to withdraw the umpire from the rest of the series in India after Shiv Sena protested against any ties with Pakistan and gheraoed BCCI chief Shashank Manohar in his office forcing cancellation of talks with PCB chief Shaharyar Khan.
Latest reports suggest that former Pakistani cricketers-turned-commentators Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar will also leave after the fourth ODI and not come to Mumbai due to security concerns.
This is the latest in the Shiv Sena's protests against Pakistanis in the city after cancelling ghazal singer Ghulam Ali's concert and attempting to disrupt the book launch of former Pakistan minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri.
Understandably, Indian Twitterati were not happy with this development and have slammed the party for its violent protests. Former cricketers, journalists and fans alike have tweeted in support of Dar, calling out Shiv Sena out on the threats.
Aleem Dar is a good man and a good umpire; very soft spoken and polite. The kind you want to make friends with.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 19, 2015
Pakistani Aleem Dar can't officiate in Mumbai, SriLankan Dharmasena can't officiate in Chennai. Let's call Steve Bucknor & screw ourselves.— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) October 19, 2015
By forcing ICC to withdraw Aleem Dar, Shiv Sena has taught Pakistan and the world a lesson: That India is not safe. Kudos! Such patriots!— Ankur Bhardwaj (@Bhayankur) October 20, 2015
Thank u Sena, such magnificent revenge for 26/11 humiliation. Aleem Dar, Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar all Pak terrorists banished from Mumbai— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) October 20, 2015
ICC's master stroke pulling out AleemDar..why couldn't BCCI anticipate similarly?!— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) October 20, 2015
ICC Withdraws PakUmpire AleemDar From India-SA Series After ShivSena Threat. Can we be more ashamed of our politics? http://t.co/WZ7MP25pnD— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 19, 2015
Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar will not comentate during 5th ODI Is it happening in a country following "Atithi Devo Bhava"? Are we civilised?— Ganesh Perumal (@GaneshPerumalM) October 20, 2015
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