Former Pakistani pacers, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar, who are in India as part of commentary team for the India-South Africa series, to return back home. The early departure is a security precaution, following Shiv Sena's protests.
According to reports, both Akram and Akhtar will leave before the fifth one-day international (ODI) in Mumbai.
On Monday morning, a short while before BCCI president Shashank Manohar and PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan were to discuss a proposed India-Pakistan series in December, a group of workers from the Sena stormed into the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai, shouting anti-Pakistan slogans and demanding the cancellation of the series.
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Sena activists threatened to prevent the umpire, Aleem Dar, from standing in the fourth and fifith ODIs. Dar, a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, had officiated in the first three matches and was also scheduled to umpire in the next two in Chennai and Mumbai on October 22 and 25, respectively.
“Under the present circumstances, it will be unreasonable to expect from Aleem that he will be able to perform his duties to the best of his abilities. As such, he has been withdraw and his replacement will be announced in due course,” an ICC spokesman said.
Meanwhile BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur had said that Dar’s presence will not be affected by any threat from any group.
“There was a possibility of a protest in Saurashtra as well. 50,000 people were supposed to turn up in Rajkot. So I am not going into any threat perception. The fact is that India will also host the T20 World Cup in 2016 and it is the responsibility of every Indian to keep our image of sportmanship alive,” Thakur said.