A hostile pitch
Leading to Churchgate, D Road boasts of the Wankhede Stadium and the Mumbai Hockey Associationís astroturf, two venues that enjoy rare privilege in a city that has abysmal sporting infrastructure for a metropolis with the population and economic clout of its size. The hockey venue was the first scene of disgrace, when a handful of Shiv Sainiks entered the premises and chased away four Pakistani international hockey players, who were forced to jump out of a window and skulk away through the back door to safety. Meanwhile, the protesters tried to figure out if a gentleman in the dressing room, whom they had begun to threaten, was a Pakistani or, as it turned out, the Indian national goalkeeper.
Spare one moment to think, what if this had been Sardar Singh, Sandeep Singh, S.V. Sunil and Sreejesh being forced out of Karachi?
A few days later, this same thuggish group ensured that the Pakistan womenís cricket team,
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