BENGALURU: The Karnataka State Cricket Association has removed the photographs of Pakistani cricketers, including Imran Khan, from the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru in protest against the Pulwama CRPF convoy attack.
The photographs were brought down on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the state cricket association said in a statement that the move is aimed at showing its solidarity and support to the armed forces.
"To show our solidarity and support to our armed forces and to express our strong protest against the recent terrorist bombing at Pulwama, we have brought down all photographs of Pakistan cricketers including Imran Khan" the cricket body said.
On February 14, an explosives-laden truck rammed into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama outside Srinagar, killing 40 soldiers in one of the biggest terror attacks in recent years.
The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.
Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was caused by a suicide bomber.
In the aftermath, the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai covered a portrait of Pakistan Prime Minister and former captain Imran Khan.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Cricket Association removed photographs of Pakistani cricketers from various points inside the Mohali stadium.
The PCB Managing Director also confirmed that Indian production company IMG Reliance pulled out of producing the Pakistan Super League matches.
IMG Reliance had announced its withdrawal as an official production partner for PSL as a mark of protest against the Pulwama attack.
Earlier, the Pakistan Cricket Board had said it will take up with the BCCI the ‘regrettable’ removal of pictures of its former players at a couple of venues in India, owing to the Pulwama terror attack, during an ICC meeting this month.
"Covering or removing the portrait of former Pakistan cricket captain and Prime Minister Imran Khan and other legendary cricketers from one of the most historic cricket clubs and venues are highly regrettable actions," the PCB's Managing Director Wasim Khan had said in a statement on Sunday.
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