New Delhi: The Home Ministry may play the role of mediator between the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Himachal Pradesh government, which expressed its inability to provide security to the India-Pakistan World Twenty20 match scheduled to be held in Dharamsala on March 19.
Home Ministry officials said there is a need to sort out the differences between after state Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh wrote a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh stating that his government cannot provide security for the match. (World Twenty20: Board of Control for Cricket in India in a Fix As Himachal Pradesh Doesn’t Want to Host India-Pakistan Game)
“It is a matter of concern that Himachal Pradesh government expressed its inability to provide security to the match. It is an event involving players of two countries. We will try to convince the state government,” an official said.
Earlier in the day, Virbhadra Singh said in Shimla he has written to the Home Minister on behalf of his government regarding this matter. (World Twenty20: Congress Wants India vs Pakistan Match Shifted From Dharamsala, Government Worried)
“I think if the match takes place in Dharamsala, it would be against the will of the people of Himachal Pradesh,” Singh said.
“If our war veterans don’t want the Indo-Pak match to be held in Dharamsala, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association should accept it. They are not opposing the holding of matches. They are against the Pakistan team playing in Himachal Pradesh,” Virbhadra Singh said.
BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur, who is also a BJP MP in Lok Sabha from Himachal Pradesh, said the state knew of the schedule months in advance and did not specify any such concerns at that time.