The ICC has announced that the highly volatile India Pakistan World T20 game will now be held at Eden Gardens in Kolkata instead of Dharamsala on March 19. Dharamsala, the original venue for the March 19th India Pakistan World T20 game was always in doubt after Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that his government would not be able to provide adequate security for the match.
The ICC Statement on Changing Venue of India Pakistan World T20 Game
The ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said in his official announcement, “The decision to relocate the match has been made for security reasons. The concerns initially arose following alleged public comments recently reported by the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, warning of demonstration and attempts to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the match. Our 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 threats.”
Richardson further added, “The decision was not taken lightly. The ICC and the BCCI understand the disappointment that is likely to be felt by many over the decision to move the match. But the safety and security of the event is of paramount importance to the ICC and we have taken into consideration the concerns shared with us by our security advisors as well as Pakistan Cricket Board.”
With the shift in the venue, the ticket holders of the India Pakistan World T20 Game from Dharamshala will now wonder what will happen to their tickets. David Richardson had this to say about it, “As far as those who have purchased tickets online for the match, they will be offered the choice of a full refund or the opportunity to exchange their tickets for ones for the Kolkata match.”
Of late Mohali has been the venue of choice when it comes to India-Pakistan cricket matches but BCCI and ICC have worked out security arrangements with Kolkata State government. As per the reports coming out of Pakistan, PCB is not happy with Kolkata as the venue as well and is now demanding a written declaration for the safety of Pakistan cricket team for the ICC World T20.
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