Participation in World T20: Shaharyar tells teams to stay put until further notice

Says teams won’t leave for India unless given security clearance


Our Correspondent March 07, 2016
Shaharyar revealed that the government will decide whether the team should travel to India or not. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that both the men’s and women’s teams’ plans to travel to India for the World T20 have been put on hold until the three-member delegation, which was in India to assess the security situation, sends its report.

According to Shaharyar, the decision regarding the participation of the two teams lies with the government, which will take a decision after consulting the security delegation.

Giving an update on the situation, Shaharyar said: “Our security team has reached Dharamsala and will be meeting key officials in India regarding the security of Pakistan team.”

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He further said: “They [security delegation] are expected to meet the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Himachal Pradesh security officers, and they will see the security plan of the hotel, stadium and bus route. Their report will arrive by Tuesday evening and until then both men’s and women’s teams’ travel plans have been put on hold. The decision will be made by the government and not by the board after reviewing the recommendations in the security report.”

Shaharyar also revealed that International Cricket Council CEO Dave Richardson has sent an email outlining the planned security measures for the national team and that he has forwarded the email to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar.

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Explaining the contents of the email, Shaharyar said: “Dave has told us that the Federal government of India has passed an order making it mandatory for the Himachal Pradesh (HP) government to provide security. BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur met with HP Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and told him that full security would have to be given to the Pakistan team, while Indian Interior Minister Rajnath Singh has even stated that paratroopers would be sent if needed.”

Published in The Express Tribune, March 8th, 2016.

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COMMENTS (3)

Pakistani-Khi | 5 years ago | Reply We should not go and play and that must be a final. Cricket without Pakistan will make a big difference to Cricket World. So be brave and confident. When a no is No its NO! - And this NO is because of ignorance of world cup hosting Country!!!
Altaf Hussain. Mumbai | 5 years ago | Reply The Pakistan High Commission has asked for 500 VIP Passes for the Dharamshala match, as per a Times of India report. These passes are supposed to be distributed among Pakistani diplomats and politicians. When will Pakistan stop playing to the galleries?
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