World T20 2016 March 9, 2016

Timeline of the key events in the India-Pakistan impasse

ESPNcricinfo staff

In its report, Pakistan's three-man security delegation said that the team's security in Dharamsala is not assured © AFP

The India-Pakistan World T20 match on March 19 has been moved from Dharamsala to Kolkata. ESPNcricinfo takes you through the series of events that made the ICC take this decision:

December 11, 2015: The ICC releases fixtures of the World T20. The Super10s match between India and Pakistan is allotted to Dharamsala, scheduled for March 19.

February 9, 2016: PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan says the decision to play World T20 matches at Indian venues will only be taken after consulting with the central government. On February 25, the team is cleared to participate in the tournament.

March 1, 2016: BCCI secretary, Anurag Thakur, expresses concerns over a letter written by Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh to India's Ministry of Home Affairs in which the chief minister expresses his state government's difficulty in providing security for the match. Thakur is from the BJP, which heads the federal government; Singh belongs to the Congress.

March 3, 2016: The PCB threatens to pull out of the tournament unless there is a clear and public assurance from the Indian government on the team's security arrangements. Thakur, in response, is confident of the match taking place in Dharamsala.

March 5, 2016: The Pakistan government constitutes a three-member security delegation to assess the security arrangements for the Pakistan men and women's team for the World T20 in India. Both teams are scheduled to depart only after a clearance from the delegation.

March 7, 2016 : The Pakistan delegation arrives in India for its tour. David Richardson, the ICC's chief executive, is confident the match will take place as scheduled.

March 8, 2016 : Tournament director, MV Sridhar, says the India-Pakistan match in Dharamsala "will definitely happen" after meeting India's federal home minister, Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. Sridhar says the state government has assured completely security.

March 8, 2016: The report of the three-member delegation says "security is not assured" at the venue. Pakistan ask the ICC for a change of location for the game, while the departure of the teams is put on hold.

March 9, 2016: The match is moved to Kolkata. Richardson explains that the ICC's concerns "relate both to uncertainty as to the level of those threats as well as the level of commitment to implement any security plan developed to mitigate such treats."

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  • Taha Rehman on March 10, 2016, 5:14 GMT

    Moreover, for people to whom its not clear why it is an issue. Just imagine the people, who are posing threat for the players of an international team, what they can do to the supporters of that team. This is clear, even if you organize the match you are depriving the fans to show their support openly. That doesn't look like a vibrant democracy to me.

  • Amrutur on March 10, 2016, 2:15 GMT

    Pakistan has always found it easy to out-maneuver India in tricky situations. However, it should be clear as daylight that political protest is an expression of hurt and are a part and parcel of a vibrant democracy.

  • Cricinfouser on March 9, 2016, 14:22 GMT

    I dont understand why this tournament is still being held in India ... Pakistan didnt even get a chance to redeem themselves for 2011wc n it got away from us... so changing the venue for a match is the least bcci n icc could do to save a match from which have of the tournamwnt revenue will come

  • Try on March 9, 2016, 10:55 GMT

    I think its a fair enough ask. Our CM raised concern - and they are probably valid considering the attack that happened in our soil. And its fair enough statement from Sharyar to ask a public statement to assure security for his team. As tournament host either state govt or Central govt should have given the assurance. If we dont want to sepcify Pak, lets give one common assurance stating all teams will be completely secure - by Central Govt - not by BCCI. As a Indian I would like to watch one more India win against Pak in a WC match. If that cannot happen I will only blame BCCI. Even if we just get points that is not sweet like winning them. Anurag Thakur being a sitting MP from Ruling party should have done a better Job in getting the assurance from Central Govt. Now it will only create a black spot for us in international stage.

  • Khurram S Chaudhry on March 9, 2016, 9:14 GMT

    CM said it in public media talks as well not just letter. and he also saying we are ok to provide security but if any protest then we cant do anything. mean he is simply giving signals to protesters. The problem is CM and his statements. more of a govt and opposition show off. first he said he cant then he said public is against. bcci is not a security service they are dependant on states to provide security. cm is simply not up to task. and if we go by his statements, its better to shift the game. there are planty of grounds there which can host and crowd will be good there.

  • Amin on March 9, 2016, 8:47 GMT

    The whole tournament is at stake because of one match?

  •   Bilal Khalid Butt on March 9, 2016, 8:41 GMT

    I think The local body saying that they cant provide security is the major concern and a change in venue is imminent or India would get free points ... I think they are many safer places which will treat guests as guests and should be shifted.

    A Pakistani Fan.

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