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Post subject: Final to be moved?
PostPosted: 08:06 on 28th Mar 2011

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In Bombay 2006 we met a couple of lads at our hotel who now work the cameras at cricket events.
Strangely bumped into them the other day in a bar on Koh Phi Phi Island.
They'd flown down from Calcutta for a holiday as they were no longer needed.

Apparently they were told that most of the TV kit was staying in Calcutta as the final would be moved there should Pakistan beat India in the semis.

Now this is obviously just a rumour but it sort of makes sense considering the Pakistani terrorists of 2008 in Bombay.

Any thoughts anyone?
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Post subject: Re: Final to be moved?
PostPosted: 11:43 on 28th Mar 2011

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wickets Wrote:
In Bombay 2006 we met a couple of lads at our hotel who now work the cameras at cricket events.
Strangely bumped into them the other day in a bar on Koh Phi Phi Island.
They'd flown down from Calcutta for a holiday as they were no longer needed.

Apparently they were told that most of the TV kit was staying in Calcutta as the final would be moved there should Pakistan beat India in the semis.

Now this is obviously just a rumour but it sort of makes sense considering the Pakistani terrorists of 2008 in Bombay.

Any thoughts anyone?


It logically makes no more sense than a national team from Saudi Arabia not being able to play in New York because the 9/11 bombers were from there.

However, from a security point of view, there is a big difference in that there's been no attempt by the US government to demonise its ally and trading partner Saudi Arabia, unlike the Indian government's demonisation of Pakistan in the wake of the Bombay attacks. Furthermore, there are some very unpleasant far right Hindu nationalists called Shiv Sena, whose power base is in Bombay. They used to control the city until recently in fact. They have issued threats against visiting teams and supporters before (including us), but these threats have never come to anything up until now. They have been fairly muted in the run-up to the World Cup, and there have been no specific threats against the Pakistan team, only a statement that if they reached the final, "whether to allow them to play or not, Bal Thackeray [Shiv Sena thug in-chief] will decide."

For that reason I suppose it makes sense to have an alternative venue lined up. It's easy to imagine Pakistan winning their semi final in controversial crcumstances, and Shiv Sena seeking to capitalise on the resulting sense of outrage by issuing threats, which due to the large size and influence of the organisation would have to be treated as credible.
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