Pakistan’s first match of the tournament is scheduled to be played against the hosts India at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on March 19.
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur recently assured the PCB chief Shaharyar Khan that the Himachal Pradesh government will provide security for the players.
Thakur had also assured Khan that Pakistan will not be playing in any sensitive venues during the ICC World T20. BCCI chief Shashank Manohar too personally called up Khan and assured Pakistan security during the tournament.
That assurance has not satisfied the PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan, and he has now asked for a “public statement” from the BCCI and the Indian government that their players will be give full security for the entire World T20.
“We have told the ICC that there is only one step that the Indian government needs to take and that is to issue a public statement that they are ready to welcome Pakistan and ensure full security for our team, which hasn’t come as yet,” Shaharyar Khan was quoted as saying by PTI.
“We have already been given permission (to travel) and we want to come, but we need reassurance and they should give a statement that will create a sense of security among us.”
“I spoke to the BCCI and they are giving us a private assurance, claiming that it’s all about internal politics, nothing else, and that Pakistan should come.”
The PCB have threatened to pull out of the ICC World T20 2016, if India fail to provide a public statement.
“A public statement is important and it should come, as there are threats and we can see them. We have written to the ICC that they should come forward and we’ve asked the Indian government to assure us and give a statement,” Shaharyar added.
“If they won’t give the statement, then I see it’s very difficult to go to India. There is no deadline in making the decision but we will have to monitor till the end and can even pull out at the eleventh hour.”
The issues have increased after the Himachal Pradesh government expressed their inability to provide proper security for match.
“We have concerns and the threats are Pakistan-specific. Even now, the Himachal Pradesh chief minister has also said that they will not guarantee the security,” Shaharyar said.
“Political parties like Shiv Sena (threatened us), now even the Congress has also said they will not let us play along with some other groups. Those are the ones creating agitation.”
– From Internationbusinesstimes.com