The India-Pak T20 match which was scheduled to take place in Dharamsala on March 19 has been moved to Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. The ICC changed the venue of the match after Pakistan was unsatisfied with the security arrangements in Dharamsala. ICC made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday evening.
“India is a complicated country. There are challenges for BCCI. We accept that,” said ICC CEO Dave Richardson.
Late on Tuesday night the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) put on hold the departure of Pakistan team for India for the World T20 tournament.
“The PCB has asked the BCCI and ICC to shift the March 19 match with India from Dharamsala to either Kolkata or Mohali,” an official at the PCB said on Wednesday morning.
The decision to stop the players from departing for India was taken after the Pakistan security team reviewed the arrangements in Dharamshala and found them unsatisfactory.
“Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan after going through the briefing of the security delegation that is in India will let us know future plans and team’s departure,” said PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan.
The Pakistan team was to leave for New Delhi at noon on Wednesday from Lahore.
Another source in the PCB told PTI that the security delegation which went to India including Dharamsala to inspect security arrangements for the Pakistan team had raised three main objections in its feedback to the Interior Ministry.
“One objection was that only low-grade security and government officials met with them in Dharamasala and they are not satisfied with the security plans laid out for the Pakistan team incase if there is a protest against the team,” the source said.
“Another objection is that there were given no clear security plan for the Pakistani media and fans who will go to India for the event,” the source added.
“The Himachal Pradesh chief minister has not committed full security for the match and the Indian government has also not come up with any assuring statement… Under the prevailing circumstances how can we allow our team to play there?” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said yesterday.
(With inputs from PTI)