WATCH: Rajkot Stadium Doesn't Wait For BCCI/ICC, Removes Pakistan From Its Display Showcasing Cricketing Countries

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While the BCCI is yet to take a concrete stand on Imdo-Pakistan cricket, the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium Association has removed the name of 'Pakistan' from the hoarding which displays the names of the top ten cricketing teams from across the globe.

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Updated On:

In the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred after a suicide bombing executed by Pakistan backed Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist, the entire world has come together in solidarity against Pakistan, demanding the neighbouring to take action against the terror outfits. Amid the massive backlash Pakistan is facing over the Pulwama attack, pressure is mounting on BCCI to boycott Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup. 

While the BCCI is yet to take a concrete stand on the matter, the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Gujarat's Rajkot has removed the name of 'Pakistan' from the hoarding which displays the names of the top ten cricketing teams from across the globe.

The board displays the names and logo of India, Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, while one of the spaces has been left blank, where earlier Pakistan's name was displayed. 

Furthermore in the map displayed on the board, Pakistan has been blacked while Pak's neighbouring country Balochistan has been carefully left untaited. 

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Earlier on February 16, the Cricket Club of India covered Pakistan PM Imran Khan's portrait at its headquarters and even mulled to bring it down permanently.

Home Minister  Rajnath Singh had on Friday dismissed any possibility of cricket between India and Pakistan, given the relations between the countries in the aftermath of the recent Pulwama attack.

"We should not play cricket with Pakistan even if we have to suffer monetary loss. This is my personal opinion that there should be no match," the Home Minister said while speaking exclusively to Republic Bharat.

In a letter to ICC, BCCI on Friday, had called for the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates.

Team India captain Virat Kohli, on Saturday, put the onus on the BCCI and the government, on the decision over playing Cricket with Pakistan and specifically, the India-Pakistan match at the ICC World Cup 2019 that is scheduled to be held on June 16 at Manchester.

Addressing a press conference ahead of India's match against Australia in Vizag on Sunday, Kohli was asked for his stand in the wake of the Pakistan-backed Pulwama terror attack, to which he said:

Our stand is simple. We stick by what the Nation wants to do and what the BCCI decides to do, and that is basically our opinion. Whatever the government and the board decide eventually, we will go by that and we will respect that. So that is our stand on this particular issue."

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