New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday stayed defiant to the Himachal government's stance of not hosting the India-Pakistan World Cup T20 international and said that the match will be held in Dharamshala.
This came after former International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Ehsan Mani advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) not to play its world T20 match against India in Dharamshala on March 19. India is hosting the ICC World Twenty20 in 2016 for the first time, but there are still doubts about the day-night T20 match to be played in Dharamshala between India and Pakistan.
Virbhadra Singh, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, has written to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to either cancel the match or change the location of the match as it is being apprehended due to the fact that this cricket match might hurt the sentiments of the Pathankot attack martyrs' families, which in turn could create intense situations leading to disarray.
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BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur had on Tuesday said “it is sad that the state government is denying hosting. There should be no politics over sports. Cancelling the match by saying we cannot provide security will defame the state and the country.”
Speculation is rife that the match might be shifted to some other venue as the local unit of Congress has threatened to disrupt the cricket match by staging protests.
As the venue for the match was fixed over a year ago, Pakistan authorities have said that their team will reach India as scheduled.