World T20 2016 March 8, 2016

Ind-Pak in Dharamsala will definitely happen, says tournament director

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tournament director MV Sridhar on the Dharamsala as a venue: 'The security is excellent, I have seen it myself' © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

The India-Pakistan match of the World T20, scheduled to be held in Dharamsala on March 19, will definitely happen, the tournament director MV Sridhar has said. "The country has been waiting" for the match, he told reporters after meeting India's federal home minister, Rajnath Singh, in New Delhi on Tuesday evening.

The match has been under a cloud since the Himachal Pradesh provincial government expressed doubts over the safety of the players. It prompted Pakistan's government and cricket board to delay the departure of its women cricketers for the parallel tournament and to send a security team to inspect arrangements in India.

That team is expected to report back to the Pakistan government on Tuesday and ESPNcricinfo understands it might recommend that Pakistan push for the match to be moved out of Dharamsala.

Sridhar, though, was unambiguous about the match's prospects. "The security is excellent, I have seen it myself," he said. "The state government has assured us they will provide complete security."

He said the Pakistan delegation had visited Dharamsala on Monday, as had the district magistrate and the state Inspector-General of Police, and had inspected the ground and all the facilities for the team and security.

Speaking separately, the state's chief minister Virbhadra Singh denied that his government had refused to provide security but said that public sentiment in the state was against the match going ahead.

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  • alen on March 9, 2016, 23:05 GMT

    Pak should pull out considering current circumstances, look as if only BCCI and some cricket lover from India are anxious to let the game continue but what I hear from the politicians in India is accepted more by illiterate masses. If security is deemed not stringent better pull out of the game. Not a single indian politicians or home minister or any govt personnel has acknowledged the issue on media .

  • Madhusudhan on March 9, 2016, 8:22 GMT

    India vs Pak match should be shifted Bangladesh or Sri Lanka.

  • Yash on March 9, 2016, 6:18 GMT

    Match should be played in dharamshala as tournament director has confirmed on safety issues. ICC must intervene, check the safety and take the decision. Also tickets have been sold and changing the venue at last moment sets a wrong impression about India's management !!

  •   Khalid Sheikh on March 9, 2016, 5:36 GMT

    Pakistan should not go to India in any circumstance

  • babi on March 9, 2016, 4:58 GMT

    Shift it to Pathankot. They will probably be at home there

  • geebee3 on March 9, 2016, 3:30 GMT

    whether Pakistan play or pull out should be entirely decided by the Pakistanis. Whatever the case the Wt20 will go on and still be watched and enjoyed by the millions of fans worldwide

  • Jawwad on March 9, 2016, 3:06 GMT

    If public sentiment is against then shift to another venue. Problem solved for both parties.

  • Alex on March 8, 2016, 20:09 GMT

    shift it to chennai or cochin

  • A on March 8, 2016, 19:37 GMT

    why don't indian govt make it official and declare an adequate security will be in place at all venues for Pak teams.... ?

  • Rishikesh on March 8, 2016, 18:50 GMT

    The best option if it is not possible at all to host in Dharmashala would be Mohali. Its close proximity to Dharmashala will easily sort out logistics problem and also it has already handled such an high intensity clash(2011 WC semifinal

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