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Restrictions on movement of people have been imposed in areas falling under five police station areas in Srinagar's Old City although the separatists have not called any shutdown or protest on Sunday.
Old City Srinagar has always been a hotbed of pro-Pakistan sentiments.
But given the present volatile law and order situation, authorities fear the result either way could have an adverse fallout on the ground.
"It has unfortunately never been taken in the true spirit of sports in Kashmir. Whenever India and Pakistan clash, we have had law and order issues here," said an intelligence officer who wished to remain anonymous.
"The problem is not who wins. Either way, the result is a cause of concern for us," the official added.
"A cricket match between India and Pakistan has always stirred passions here. It was the same when I was a child and it is the same when I am 62 years old now," said Muhammad Ashraf Bhat, who has been a Ranji Trophy player and is now a selector for the national event.
"The difference, however, is that the reactions then were less aggressive," Bhat told IANS.
Bhat added that Kashmiris have been great admirers of Indian cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and others in the past, yet their sympathies have always been with Pakistan during sporting clashes between the two sides.
Two international cricket matches have been played in Srinagar at the Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium.
That certainly remains a major problem for the authorities in the troubled Valley.
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