Security assurance works, Pakistan team to visit India for World T20

New Delhi: India’s relentless security assurances has finally ended the week-long speculation as the Pakistan government on Friday formally decided to send its national men's and women's cricket teams to India to take part in the ongoing World T20 tournament.

 

The clearance from the Pakistan government comes after a meet between Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi earlier today.

 

Throwing light on the high-level meet, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the “Home Secretary conveyed to Pakistan High Commissioner that all necessary arrangements are being made for all participants and that there is no cause for concern.”

 

The Pakistan government had demanded a written assurance from India for providing foolproof security to Pakistan players after protests by serving and retired soldiers of the Indian Army and political leaders in Himachal Pradesh forced the International Cricket Council (ICC) to shift the group match against hosts India from Dharamsala to Kolkata.

 

Reacting to Pakistan's concern on security, the West Bengal chief minister on Thursday had written to Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly and asked him to inform the BCCI and the ICC that the state government will provide full security to the Pakistan team for the match at Eden Gardens.

News24 Bureau

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