Pak­istan needs se­cu­rity as­sur­ance from In­dian govt not ICC: Nisar

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Pak­istan will not par­tic­i­pate in the World T20 un­til the In­dian govern­ment 'pub­licly' guar­an­tees se­cu­rity for the men and women's na­tional teams, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar said on Thurs­day. "The ICC and the BCCI have been very ac­com­mo­dat­ing, but it is the In­dian govern­ment's se­cu­rity as­sur­ance that mat­ters the most," said Nisar while ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Is­lam­abad. "Thus far, there has been no such in­di­ca­tion from them," he added.

Ear­lier, the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) also an­nounced that it wanted se­cu­rity as­sur­ance from In­dia be­fore it al­lows the team to travel to the World Twenty20 with its first group match at Kolkata sched­uled for next Wed­nes­day. PCB chair­man Sha­har­yar Khan briefed the team play­ers and of­fi­cials in La­hore on Thurs­day and was hope­ful the In­dian govern­ment will pub­licly an­nounce Pak­istan team's safety dur­ing the tour­na­ment. Khan told the play­ers the team's de­par­ture will only be pos­si­ble once In­dia gives se­cu­rity as­sur­ance and the govern­ment of Pak­istan also clears the tour. The ICC has al­ready moved Pak­istan's group match against hosts In­dia to Kolkata on March 19 due to se­cu­rity con­cerns around play­ing in the hill city of Dharam­sala.

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