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ICC shifts venue of Pak-India World T20 clash

DUBAI: International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday announced that the Pak-India World Twenty20 tie, scheduled to take place in Dharamsala, will now be contested at Kolkata.

Speaking to media, ICC Chief Executive Officer David Richardson said that India has assured complete security for the tournament and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had suggested the cricket council to change the venue. He added that the the change of venue is disappointing for the country.

“We have accepted Pakistan’s demand. The match will not be played at Dharamsala”, he added.

It should be noted that the fate of the heavily anticipated World Twenty20 match fell uncertain after the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh had refused to host Pakistan for the mega event.

He had demanded BCCI to cancel or shift the match to another venue.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena had threatened to dug out the match pitch while Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had stated that they will not allow the match to be staged in any part of the country.

BCCI, on the other hand, had consistently stated that the match would be played at Dharamsala according to the schedule.

Indian media had reported on Tuesday evening that the Pakistani security officials, assessing the arrangements made for the green shirts for the tournament, had given clearance for the match.

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