| GEO Sports|
| Shiv Sena 'bans' Australian Cricket team|
| Updated at: 1553 PST, Wednesday, January 13, 2010|
NEW DELHI: In the wake of attacks on Indians in Australia, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said his party would not allow the Down Under team to play cricket in Maharashtra.
Expressing anguish over the violence against Indians in Australia, Thackeray said, "Our boys are being stabbed, burnt and shot at in that country and still our cricketers have no qualms in playing with them. Do they have any national pride?"
In the Sena announcement banning Australian cricketers in Maharashtra, front-paged in the party mouthpiece newspaper, he recalled that his activists had taken a similar step against Pakistani cricketers who still cannot play in the state.