Dharamsala: World Twenty20 tournament director MV Sridhar on Wednesday gave a thumbs up to the security and other arrangements in place for the matches to be held here including the marquee India-Pakistan clash on March 19. (World Twenty20: Board of Control for Cricket in India in a Fix As Himachal Pradesh Doesn’t Want to Host India-Pakistan Game)
“The Police in Dharamsala is so far handling the security for World Cup teams excellently,” said Sridhar here. (World Twenty20: Don’t Play Against India in Dharamsala, Ehsan Mani Tells Pakistan Cricket Board)
Sridhar monitored the arrangements here on Wednesday and will be moving to Mohali on Thursday.
“I was travelling with the Hong Kong team in the same plane and after landing at the Dharamsala airport I kept on following the bus of the team up to the hotel, and found the police control more than excellent.”
Sridhar said that he was not recognised by the staff of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) in the airport, that’s why he was able to see the arrangements of the state police from a distance as a general citizen.
He further said, “and when I was going to enter the stadium , the police kept me away,(as no identification ICC card was with me), till I was cleared by the security staff after consultation with HPCA staff.”
He said, “I can easily see the energy being forced in to make the show a success.
While talking about ongoing political tussle over the Indo-Pak high voltage match to be played here with the Himachal government expressing its inability to provided security to teams, Sridhar said: “I know the anguish is there, but sport is the only way where people could come together”.
“I appeal everyone, Dharamsala has got one of the most important matches. Also see the arrangements already done and just singling out a match out of ten it might not be fare to raise voice against it. Please let this match to be played.