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