LoC tension hits sporting ties: 9 Pak hockey players to be sent back; women's cricket team may not be called for World Cup

Indian politicians and sportsmen have spoken strongly in support of the eight Pakistani players who are part of the league. "Any player or artist who comes from across the border can only fill hearts with love," said former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, the brand ambassador for HIL and a BJP Member of Parliament.

updated: January 15, 2013 19:14 IST
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New Delhi: All Pakistani hockey players in the Hockey India League (HIL) will return home. The decision to send back the players comes in the wake of protests by some political groups against their participation in HIL games after recent cease-fire violations by Pakistan, and the barbaric killing of two Indian jawans by Pakistani troops. Meanwhile, sources say the Pakistan women's cricket team will not be invited to the World Cup starting in India later this month. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has written to the International Cricket Council or ICC on concerns over security for the team.

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1. The decision was mutually agreed upon by Hockey India and the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) considering the "extraordinary situation," HIL president Narinder Batra said on Tuesday.

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