India-Pakistan World T20: PCB asks ICC to shift venue from Dharamshala

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New Delhi, Mar 9: After BCCI claimed that the much-anticipated World T20 cricket match between India and Pakistan will be held as scheduled in Dharamshala, now Pakistan has reportedly asked the ICC to shift the match venue from the hill state.

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As per a TOI report, the PCB has sent a letter to the ICC on Tuesday citing to shift the match from Dharamsala.

A file picture of HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala

"I have sent an email to the ICC that if Dharamshala has a problem hosting Pakistan-India World T20 game, the match should be played either in Mohali or Kolkata. The Pakistan board is also open to the idea of playing it elsewhere as long as the safety and security of the Pakistani cricketers is taken care of," PCB chief Shaharyar Khan was quoted as saying.

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PCB chief told the news daily, "The Himachal CM has not committed full security for the match and the Indian government has also not come up with any reassuring statement so far."

Earlier on Tuesday, after meeting with Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry MK Singla besides others, Tournament Director MV Sridhar said, "The match is on. The state and central governments are onboard and all security arrangements have been made."

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Pakistan will play against India on March 19 in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh. There has been some opposition in the state, including from ex-servicemen, on holding the match at the hill station.

Besides the Dharamsala match, Pakistan will play two matches in Mohali, Punjab - against New Zealand on March 22 and against Australia on March 25.

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