The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has removed the photographs of Pakistan players placed in the gallery of the Chinnaswamy stadium in an act of solidarity after 49 CRPF Jawans were killed in the Pulwama terror attack on February 14.
Sudhakar Rao, KSCA secretary, said the photographs of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Inzamam-ul-Haq were removed two days ago.
“Country comes first,” said Rao. “We removed the photos two days ago. This is in support of the country in such a sensitive situation. Not just KSCA, many other associations across the country are doing the same,” said Rao. While a couple of photographs were taken during an ICC meeting here, some were shot whenever Pakistan played India at the Chinnaswamy.
Cricket Club of India in Mumbai started the trend when they covered a photograph of Imran Khan.
The Punjab Cricket Association then followed suit by removing the pictures of Pakistani players placed on the walls of IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. The Pakistan Cricket Board, in its reaction on Monday, had said the episodes were regrettable. There are even calls for India to boycott their upcoming World Cup game against Pakistan.