In­dia as­sures se­cu­rity for Pak­istan team dur­ing World T20

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A pos­si­ble pull out of the Pak­istan cricket team from the ICC World T20 is off the cards af­ter the In­dian govern­ment on Fri­day is­sued a "pub­lic guar­an­tee" of se­cu­rity to Shahid Afridi's side for their match in Kolkata. The break­through comes as Ma­mata Ban­er­jee, chief min­is­ter of the In­dian state of West Ben­gal, as­sured in writ­ing 'fool­proof se­cu­rity' to the Pak­istan team for its match against In­dia.

Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion of Ben­gal, head­quar­tered in Kolkata, cap­i­tal city of West Ben­gal state, op­er­ates the Eden Gar­dens.

A Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) of­fi­cial con­firmed to DawnNews to have re­ceived a copy of the pub­lic no­tice is­sued by the West Ben­gal state govern­ment.

"We have sent a copy of the no­tice to the in­te­rior min­istry, seek­ing ap­proval of the de­par­ture of Pak­istan's men and women cricket teams to In­dia," the board of­fi­cial, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity, said.

Ra­j­nath Singh, Min­is­ter of Home Affairs of In­dia, also said that "any­body com­ing to In­dia will be pro­vided se­cu­rity. There is no doubt about it".

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Is­lam­abad on Thurs­day, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had re­it­er­ated the Govern­ment of Pak­istan's de­mand of pro­vid­ing its play­ers a "pub­lic" guar­an­tee. He said with­out the se­cu­rity as­sur­ance, Pak­istan will have no other op­tion but to pull out of the T20 World Cup. "The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil and the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia have been very ac­com­mo­dat­ing, but it is the In­dian govern­ment's se­cu­rity as­sur­ance that mat­ters the most," Nisar had said. The ICC has al­ready moved Pak­istan's group match against hosts In­dia to Kolkata on March 19 due to se­cu­rity con­cerns in Dharam­sala. The de­ci­sion by the in­te­rior min­istry re­lated to the teams' de­par­ture is likely to be an­nounced within 24 hours.

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