Pak­istan fi­nally gives ap­proval for team’s trip to In­dia for World T20

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IS­LAM­ABAD: Pak­istan said on Fri­day the na­tional cricket team would travel to In­dia for the World T20 tour­na­ment, end­ing weeks of un­cer­tainty a day af­ter it sought a pub­lic as­sur­ance on se­cu­rity from In­dian au­thor­i­ties.

A pub­lic as­sur­ance was given by In­dian home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh. “Why only Pak­istan? Who­ever comes here, In­dia pro­vides them se­cu­rity. There is no rea­son to be wor­ried about se­cu­rity here,” Singh said.

Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) chair­man Sha­har­yar Khan said in La­hore that in­te­rior min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had of­fi­cially per­mit­ted the board to send the team to In­dia. Diplo­matic ten­sions have meant the two teams have not played any bi­lat­eral se­ries for more than three years and their ri­valry is re­stricted to multi­na­tional tour­na­ments. They have not played a full se­ries since 2007, though Pak­istan toured In­dia late in 2012 for a short lim­ited over se­ries that failed to re­vive ties fully.

PCB ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee chair­man Na­jam Sethi said on Fri­day the team was ready and would “hope­fully fly to Dubai tonight and from there leave straight for In­dia”. “The in­te­rior min­is­ter has given per­mis­sion to send the team on the ba­sis of solid as­sur­ances re­ceived from the chief min­is­ter of West Ben­gal, the Union home sec­re­tary and the home min­is­ter (in In­dia),” Sethi said.

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