World T20 2016 March 7, 2016

ICC confident of India-Pakistan security resolution

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David Richardson, the ICC chief executive, has expressed confidence that the India-Pakistan match will take place in Dharamsala as scheduled on March 19 despite there being security concerns over the venue. Richardson was speaking in Delhi on Monday, even as a two-member team from Pakistan visited Dharamsala to assess the security arrangements for the World T20.

"As of now all the plans as scheduled are on track. In the worst-case scenario, if something happens we will have to go back to the drawing table. But as of now that's not on the cards," Sridhar said in Dharamsala.

Richardson addressed concerns around Dharamsala and Delhi, a venue that has had severe administrative problems. He was confident that scheduled matches could proceed at both venues.

"Challenges in respect to those two venues, they are there," Richardson said. "But we are dealing with those problems. The venues were decided a year back and all arrangements are in place to stage the matches at those two venues.

"These challenges have reasons not through the fault of the BCCI or the ICC. But the fact is that we are dealing with these and we are confident that the matches will proceed at those two venues. The Indian government has shown a commitment to make sure that adequate security measures are in place at all the venues for all the teams."

According to a PTI report, Federal Investigation Agency Lahore director Usman Anwar and PCB chief security officer Azam Khan arrived in India via the Wagah border and left for Dharamsala on Monday. Their report will have a crucial impact on whether the PCB clears its men's and women's teams for travel to India on March 9 for the World T20.

The Pakistan government had initially granted the PCB permission to play in India, but the board decided to put the visit on hold until they were guaranteed foolproof security. The PCB's move was prompted by the Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh expressing his state government's difficulty in providing security for the India-Pakistan match.

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  • Muhammad Ali on March 9, 2016, 8:29 GMT

    Expected response from ICC. ICC should open its eyes / ears and see / listen to what CM of Hemachal has said. HE has SAID that govt CANNOT guarantee security of PAKISTAN PLAYERS. So there is an element of risk involved if Pakistan plays there. And PCB is not withdrawing its team but just want to change the venue. Its a fair call and ICC / BCCI and indian federal govt should help to change the venue. Pakistan players should be able to play without any security pressure. Cricinfo pls publish

  • Rezaul on March 9, 2016, 4:45 GMT

    I think ICC should postpone the series if India Government have no cordiality for good cricket.Pakistan want to play.If any damage ICC will responsible.....!

  • Shabbir on March 8, 2016, 13:10 GMT

    It seems it's just another case of India using its power to power and resources to isolate a traditional enemy. If PAK pullout of an international tournament, they will look bad as they are trying to get international acceptance for their venues in their own country. By pulling out, they weaken that cause. Rightly or wrongly the pressure is more on Pakistan than it is on India.

  •   DjUsman Ahmed Khokharr on March 8, 2016, 12:55 GMT

    Pakistan must not go to India.

  •   Farhan Ahmed Khan on March 8, 2016, 12:40 GMT

    Dual standards. When Pakistan asks other teams and their security guys to come and have the briefing on security check, no one bats an eye. And now everyone is saying don't speculate anything. If anything happens then we shall look forward. As of now it's not brave to pull out of tournament.

    Security issues in Pakistan have improved significantly over the past three four years. All the teams should be coming back in Pakistan and after verifying the security situation if they need to and they should if they want to. We are all open to provide full security.

    If we are not pulling out why did BCCI pulled out from playing a series against Pakistan in UAE or Srilanka. Such double standards. Hunhhh

  • Junaid on March 8, 2016, 11:44 GMT

    I just hope that Indian youth doesn't get influenced by these political issues ! I really enjoyed being to Delhi 3 years ago with my Parents & I really enjoyed & made many friends & I even found many Pakistanis their working & their is no such issue in public.

  • Murtaza on March 8, 2016, 11:25 GMT

    No written guarantee or any guarantee can establish or give a full assurance that nothing will happen. It's better to not worry about the 'what ifs' and 'what then' or as stated in the article if something happens we will revert to plan B. PCB should avoid all the stipulations and not send the men's and women's teams.

  • UdayLakshman on March 8, 2016, 9:25 GMT

    These are dirty politics from local government into games, Hope that all security concerns are resolved and we look forward to a nice cricket match between Pakistan and India!!!Cricinfo Plz publish..

  • Uzy on March 8, 2016, 8:42 GMT

    I'll say this again, the cricket fraternity is really small anyways ( far from global), and out of that one of the better teams is under security threats. it's a shame on this event organizers and the lack of adequate planning that was required given the nature of ind-pak relationships.

  • muhammad on March 8, 2016, 8:35 GMT

    under these circumstances, pak should not go to ind. safety is utmost important and many teams have exercised their right by not going to risky places. the ppl who are politicizing ind pak match can go to any limit to achieve their political objectives.

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