Nisar Ali to brief PM on cricket team security in India
04 March, 2016
ISLAMABAD – Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will brief Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today on issue regarding cricket team’s security in India for World T20 on Friday (today).
A private TV channel reported that the interior minister expressed concerns on security threats to Pakistan cricket team in India ahead of World T20. According to details, he will apprise and brief the prime minister on the security situation of the cricket team in India today.
The ICC World Twenty20 Championship will be held from March 8 and Pakistan’s inclusion in the tournament has still not been confirmed as of yet. Nisar said that the team will only be allowed to play in India if foolproof security is guaranteed.
The minister called on Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shehryar Khan and discussed the issue. Pakistan squad is supposed to leave for India within four days however, he stated that the government could not green light Pakistan’s participation until satisfactory security is ensured.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chairman Shashank Manohar had assured foolproof security to Pakistani team on March 1. It should be noted here that Himachal Pradesh’s government had earlier refused to host the match between Pakistan and India in the forthcoming World T20.
The match between Pakistan and India is scheduled on March 19 at Dharamshala stadium. The two countries have not played a bilateral series for more than three years. The statement by the BCCI chief came after Pakistan expressed reservations over team’s security there.
Security concerns between the two sides hit higher after Pathankot airbase was attacked in January in Indian Punjab. Indian state Himachal Pradesh had cited Pathankot attack as reason for not hosting the match.
The BCCI is habitual of showing a perplexed behavior when it comes to series with Pakistan. The PCB chairman had visited India last year to promote cricket between the two countries. Indian authorities had invited Pakistan board’s chief to discuss schedule of a series.
However, the visit was marked by protests and violent rallies by Shiv Sena, a party that has maintained extremist approach when it comes to friendly ties.