According to a recent press release, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had made an announcement that if proper security of the Pakistan players is not ensured by the Indian government, they might pull the team out of ICC World Cup T20 tournament. Although the Pakistan government had already issued a clean chit to India’s security and allowed their team to visit India during the World Cup series but still the Board isn’t able to overcome their doubts.
PCB Chairman, Shahryar Khan publicly announced the team’s participation in the series in a press conference held at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. He also mentioned that if foolproof security of Pakistani cricket players are not promised by the Indian government, he may withdraw his team from the tournament without having second thoughts. The first match of India vs Pakistan ICC World Cup T20 2016 tournament is to be played at HPCA stadium in Dharamshala as on March 19.
In response to Shahryar Khan, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has assured him that all kinds of security details will be offered to the team in Dharamshala. Some political parties like Shiv Sena along with Congress and few other small parties has threatened PCB that the team will not be allowed to play in India. However, Mr. Thakur has assured the board that all necessary security will be offered to the team during India-Pakistan clash in Dharamshala.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh however raised his concern about providing proper security to the team and even approached Ministry of Home Affairs to shift the game to some other place. He thinks that people might raise their agitation during the match in context to the recent terrorist attacks in Pathankot. A lot of local sentiments are attached with this issue and it is kind of hard to expect anything.
PCB head Shahryar Khan stated that although they have been given permission by the Pakistan government to travel to India but still the Board want the Indian government to issue a public statement regarding this scenario. “We want to come, but we need reassurance and they should give a statement that will create a sense if security among us” Khan added to his speech. The PCB board is willing to pull out of the series if Indian Government does not issue such public statement.
Anurag Thaukr on the other hand has personally assured PCB that there is no potential threat to the team in India, however they are looking for all possible events which might occur during the course. Condemning to the Pathankot attack, he stated that sports and politics should never intersect each other in any occasion.
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