ICC World Twenty20 tournament director MV Sridhar said on Tuesday the match between India and Pakistan in Dharamsala will be held as scheduled. Sridhar held meetings with home minister Rajnath Singh and a two-member delegation from Pakistan to assess the security at Dharamsala for the match to be held on March 19.
“Security is excellent, seen it myself. State government has assured they will provide complete security. Match will definitely happen, the country has been waiting,” Sridhar told ANI.
The Pakistani team, headed by Director Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Usman Anwar and comprising Pakistan Cricket Board official Ajam Khan, crossed over to India via the land transit route of Attari-Wagah border of Punjab on Monday.
“The district administration has very clearly stated that they are committed to giving complete security, not only for the India versus Pakistan match, but for all the matches which are going to be held in Dharamsala,” Sridhar said
“That’s the commitment given by both sides -- the administration and the police. So, that has been clearly communicated to the Pakistani delegation”
Sridhar also urged the ex-servicemen who are protesting against holding the match in Dharamsala to not disrupt the event. He said that it is only a cricket match and should not be taken beyond that.
Pakistan are scheduled to start their WT20 campaign on March 16 against a qualifier before clashing with India on March 19.
However, the much-anticipated match had been thrown into jeopardy after Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh said the game should be shifted out to respect popular sentiments after the Pathankot terror attacks.