New Delhi: 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 on March 19.
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.
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur 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.”
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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.
Diplomatic relations have been tense with Pakistan after the Mumbai attacks of 2008 and the recent terror attacks in Pathankot and Gurdaspur. This has delayed the National Security Advisor (NSA) level talks with Pakistan which in turn is showing its effects on sports.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Shanta Kumar said “keeping in view the recent terror attacks in Pathankot and Gurdaspur, if peace talks with Pakistan could be deferred, why the cricket match cannot be cancelled.”
After the Pathankot terror attack, Congress leaders joined by the BJP have written to the Prime Minister to take a final call on the matter.
As the venue for the match was fixed over a year ago, Pakistan authorities have said that their team will reach India as scheduled.