T20 match vs Pak shouldn’t be held in Dharamsala: Himachal CM
Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh has said the much awaited World T20 match between India and Pakistan, slated to be played on March 19, should not be held in Dharamsala.cricket Updated: Mar 02, 2016 14:28 IST
Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh has said the much awaited World T20 match between India and Pakistan, slated to be played on March 19, should not be held in Dharamsala.
“Seeing the attitude of Pakistan towards India and the recent terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir where soldiers from Himachal Pradesh have also sacrificed their lives, in such a situation, cricket match with Pakistan should not take place, at least in Dharamsala,” Singh told reporters on Monday.
The CM, however, said he doesn’t have any problem if the match takes place in any other part of the country.
“We have written to the Union home minister on behalf of the government regarding this matter. I think if the match takes place in Dharamsala, it would be against the will of the people of Himachal Pradesh,” he added.
Pakistan’s scheduled match against India in Dharamsala in the World T20 has become a subject of controversy after comments by Indian politicians and ministers that they would not allow the match to be held in the hill station.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairperson Shaharyar Khan has said it is the joint responsibility of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Indian government to ensure the best security for the Pakistan team.
“We have got permission from our government to go into the World Cup T20. Now, the security is India’s responsibility. I am sure the public there will want us to play matches,” Shahryar said.
Khan told the media in Lahore on Monday that the PCB was closely monitoring all developments surrounding the World T20 and Pakistan’s participation in it.
The two arch-rivals will play against each other in the much-awaited group stage match in the pinnacle tournament in Dharamsala next month.
(With ANI and PTI inputs)