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Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan will meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday to discuss security concerns around the T20 World Cup to be held in India from this week. The Pakistan Cricket Board has delayed the departure of both the men’s and women’s teams.
1) The Pakistan teams were to fly to Delhi from Lahore this afternoon on a PIA flight. If the teams get a go-ahead from their government, they could take an Emirates flight to India later in the day.
2) Pakistan want a match with India, to be played on March 19, to be shifted from Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh after the state’s Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh of the Congress said he could not ensure adequate security for the match.
3) In Himachal Pradesh, former servicemen have been protesting against the match, alleging that it hurts the sentiments of the families of soldiers of the state killed in battle against Pakistan or in operations against terrorists from Pakistan-based terror groups.
4) News agency Press Trust of India (PTI) has this morning quoted a top official of the Indian cricket board or BCCI as saying that the match is likely to be shifted could be shifted to Kolkata. He said the Bengal capital has the “highest” chance compared to other prospective venues like Mohali and Bengaluru, PTI reported.
5) A three-member Pakistan team that visited Dharamsala to assess security arrangements has reportedly told the government that it is not satisfied with the plans made for both the team and Pakistani fans who will attend the match, news agency Press Trust of India reported quoting PCB officials.
6) BJP lawmaker Anurag Thakur, who heads the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Board has been pushing for the match to be held as scheduled in Dharamsala. “I think the state government has to decide whether they can hold it or not,” he said, adding that not holding the match “will send a wrong message about India and Himachal.”
7) The Pakistan government had initially granted permission to the country’s cricket board PCB to play in India, but decided to put the visit on hold as the security concerns were raised.
8) From Delhi, the Pakistani team is scheduled to fly to Kolkata, where it will hold an open media Session and will play a warm-up games against Bengal on March 12 and Sri Lanka on March 14.
9) Pakistan are scheduled to play their first match of the World T20 on March 16 against a Qualifier at the Eden Gardens. They would then leave for Dharamsala for the March 19 match.
10) The International Cricket Council has sent a written assurance to the Pakistan Cricket Board that its team will be provided with the best security possible during their stay in India.