Will not play World T20 without explicit security assurance: Pak
Pakistan said on Wednesday that its cricket team would pull out of the World Twenty20 if New Delhi did not give an “explicit assurance” on the security of its players and fans.
After days of uncertainty over Dharamsala being retained as the venue for the marquee India-Pakistan group clash on March 19, the International Cricket Council ( ICC) announced the match had been shifted to Kolkata over security considerations.
Though Pakistan had requested for the match to be shifted out of Dharamsala due to fears of possible protests by ex-servicemen and families of army men slain in attacks by groups from across the border, it was still not clear if the team would travel to India.
Pakistani sources said a request from Pakistan high com- missioner Abdul Basit through India’s ministry of external affairs for a meeting with home minister Rajnath Singh to discuss security was pending since Sunday. Home ministry sources, however, said no such request had come. “Pakistan is still waiting for an explicit assurance from the Indian government on the security of its team and its spectators. Without that the Pakistan team is unlikely to participate in the World Cup. If a meeting is not possible, even a statement from the government assuring security to players and fans will suffice,” diplomatic sources told HT.
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