The government of Pakistan has given green signal and clearance to PCB to send their national men’s and women’s teams to participate in WorldT20 in India.
The decision was made when official letter was sent by West Bengal Government and Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar that full proof security will be provided to the Pakistan Cricket Team when they play India on March 19 at Eden Gardens,Kolkata.The Pakistan Cricket Team is scheduled to arrive in India on Saturday.
The chairman of PCB executive committee Najam Sethi stated that he had personally met with Interior Minister of Pakistan Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan and also confirmed that the government has received formal guarantees or assurances form Ministry of Home Affairs of India.
Cricket Association of Bengal President and former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly had given letters ICC as submitted by Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee and Kolkata Comissioner Rajeev Kumar on Thursday.The letters clearly stated that both Chief Minister and Police Commissioner are fully responsible to provide full proof security measures for Pakistan Cricket Board when they stay in the city and play against India at Eden Gardens.
The positive statements have come form Home minister of India Rajnath Singh and Ministry of Home Affairs Spokesperson Kuldip Singh that Indian government has put in place all the strict security measures so that all teams including Pakistan team can participate in WorldT20 mega event in a congenial environment.
The match was shifted from Dharamsala to Kolkata due to security reservations put up after the visit of Pakistan Security Officials that the venue was not safe for the national team to play their match against India.
ICC also stepped in and played its role in obtaining assurances from Cricket Association of Bengal that high level of security will provided to Pakistan Team when they arrive and stay in Kolkata to play their match against India.
The National Team’s departure got delayed to protests launched political activist in India and also Himanchal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh failing to provide any assurances of security to the team to play their against India at Dharamsala.