The Pakistan Cricket Board reported yesterday that they would not attend the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 in the event that they are not ensured idiot proof security and an “public statement” about its investment in the mega occasion by the government of Indian.
Indeed, even as instability declined to fade away over the destiny of the prominent match – booked to be held in Dharamsala on March 19 – with Himachal Pradesh’s ex-servicemen group challenging against facilitating the diversion, PCB executive Shaharyar Khan called for India to freely recognize Pakistan’s investment in the competition.
“We have told the ICC that there is only one step that the Indian government needs to take and that is to issue a public statement that they are ready to welcome Pakistan and ensure full security for our team, which hasn’t come as yet,” Shaharyar said.
“We have already been given permission (to travel) and we want to come, but we need reassurance and they should give a statement that will create a sense of security among us. I spoke to the BCCI and they are giving us a private assurance, claiming that it’s all about internal politics, nothing else, and that Pakistan should come.
Alluding to the match, ex-servicemen group’s state boss Maj Vijay Singh Mankotia said that the “matter is non-debatable”, a day after Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh prompted BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur to deal with the issue of holding the amusement with groups of saints and ex-servicemen who lost their lives in the Pathankot airbase dread assault in January.
The PCB has been keeping a tab on the advancements in the northern state. Shaharyar said, “Despite the fact that our legislature has officially given consent, these most recent dangers should be considered important. Political parties like Shiv Sena (threatened us), now even the Congress has also said they will not let us play along with some other groups. Those are the ones creating agitation.”