Wednesday, January 20, 1999 Published at 18:53 GMT
World: South Asia
Security tightened ahead of cricket tour
Cricket venues are under armed guard against attack
Security has been tightened in the Indian capital, Delhi, ahead of the arrival of the Pakistani cricket team on Thursday.
"We won't disclose our plans but the truth is that Pakistan won't be allowed to play," he said during a television interview.
The board has since decided to move its offices to Calcutta.
In response the opposition Congress party staged rallies in Bombay and Delhi on Wednesday, demanding Mr Thackeray's arrest.
The Shiv Sena party opposes attempts to improve India-Pakistan relations, saying Pakistan supports an Islamic insurgency in the disputed territory Kashmir. The upcoming tour will be the first time the two countries have played one another, in either country, in more than a decade.
Armed security has been put in place at the Test match venues in Madras and Delhi, with police saying a number of people have been taken into preventative detention.
Security fears have also prompted officials to keep secret the name of the airport to which India's cricket team will return from their tour of New Zealand.
Officials say "all adequate arrangements" have been made with tight security surrounding both teams.
Meanwhile cricket fans in the Shiv Sena stronghold of Maharashtra were dealt another blow when cable television operators announced they would not be broadcasting the matches.
On Tuesday Pakistani cricket officials announced that the country's former Foreign Secretary Shahryar Khan would take the role of team manager for the tour because of its "very sensitive" nature.