Pakistan team gets govt nod to play World T20 in India
Reports were going rounds for a month about fate of Pakistan’s participation in the mega event due to security concerns and flaring anti-Pakistan sentiments in the neighbouring country.
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said he was ‘pleased’ that the government had given its consent for the team’s participation but called upon the International Cricket Council (ICC) to put in ‘special’ security arrangements for the Pakistan team.
“I am pleased that our Government has given its consent for our team to visit India. As a duty of care, we have asked ICC to put in place special arrangements for the Pakistan cricket team while in India,” said the PCB chief in a press statement.
During a recent ICC meeting, the PCB had mooted a proposal to stage Pakistan World T20 matches at a neutral venue – possibly Sri Lanka or Dubai.
Pakistan plays a qualifier on March 16 before a big match against India at Dharamsala on March 19.
Hundreds of Pakistani fans are expected to travel for the fixture and the PCB chairman has requested the ICC to accommodate them.