Pakistan gets go-ahead for participation in World Twenty20

"Chaudhry Nisar has given permission to Pakistan's team to play in India," says PCB committee member Najam Sethi


Sports Desk March 11, 2016
PHOTO: AFP

Head of Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) Executive Committee Najam Sethi said on Friday the interior minister had given a green signal to the teams to visit India for the World T20.

The interior minister "Chaudhry Nisar has given permission to Pakistan's team to play in India," he told reporters after a meeting with the minister.

"An hour ago our High Commissioner Abdul Basit met the Indian Secretary and the assurances were given."

In this handout photograph on March 11, 2016, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar (L) speaks with PCB official Najam Sethi during a meeting in Islamabad. PHOTO: AFP

He said assurances from chief minister West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, Indian home secretary and the Indian home minister played a crucial role in taking the final decision of sending the men's and women's teams to India.

"We received communication from the ICC  and BCCI. We received a letter from the chief minister of Bengal and the police chief," he said.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan also addressed the media in Lahore, saying the team will leave for India tonight.

"We have missed the warm up match against the local Indian team but we will play Sri Lanka on Monday," said Shaharyar. "Shashank Manohar and David Richardson were worried if Pakistan will not participate but they will be happy now since the team is going."

"I asked all the players if they were willing to go to India despite security fears. I gave them the option to step back. They all said they are ready to go," he added. "I also had a conversation with nearly 10 media outlets in India and they said that we were convinced by our stance on security."

Shaharyar added that the "morale of the team is high. They could not perform well in the Asia Cup that is why they are motivated to perform well in the World T20."

Pakistani High Commissioner meets home secretary

Earlier, Pakistani High Commissioner in India Abdul Basit met the home secretary of India and discussed the security to be provided with Pakistan teams.

At the end of the meeting, he was quoted by Express News as saying that he had sent the recommendations to the Pakistan government.





Pakistan hiding fear of defeat with security excuses: Congress leader

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said on Friday that Pakistan was making security excuses just to hide its fear of losing at the hands of India in the March 19 World T20 match.

"If they don't want to come to India fearing defeat then it is a different matter,” Tharoor was quoted as saying by ANI news. “But security for them in this country and in West Bengal is at its possible best.”

"Mamata Banerjee has said that she will guarantee 100 percent security of the team so I don't really know what is Pakistan waiting for now," added Tharoor. "So, besides waiting for a reply from the central government, they should trust the authority of Mamata Banerjee since the match is to be played in Kolkata.”

PCB receives written assurance

The PCB on Friday received in writing the assurance that the Pakistani men’s and women’s teams will receive foolproof security during their stay in India, reported Express News.

The written assurance came from chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, who earlier tweeted that they were happy to host Pakistan versus India match in Kolkata.

World T20 in India: Pakistan wants safety guarantees



The PCB said they have sent all the documents of negotiation with the Board of Control for Cricket in India to the interior ministry.

The letter received from the International Cricket Council has also been sent to the ministry.

Security concerns: Pakistan-India T20 tie shifted to Kolkata

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said his country's stance that all the visiting nations including Pakistan will be provided security during the World T20.

"Anyone coming to India will be provided security," said Rajnath as quoted by India Today. "There is no doubt about it."

From Dharamsala to Kolkata: Timeline of events

Earlier, the venue of the match was changed from Dharamsala to Kolkata because of the report presented by the three-member delegation which went to India to check the security conditions in place for the Pakistani teams.

Meanwhile, on Thursday the Anti-Terrorist Front of India (ATFI) threatened to dig up the pitch of Eden Gardens, reported the Press Trust of India.

Viresh Shandilya, the president of ATFI, said that the group would not allow the Men in Green to play in any part of the country. “We will not allow Pakistan to play cricket anywhere in India at any cost,” said Shandilya.

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