BCCI Confident Over Dharamshala Hosting Indo-Pak Clash
The BCCI seems confident that Pakistan and India will come face to face on 19th March in Dharamshala as per the schedule.
Anurag Thakur said the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh is positive that the most anticipated contest of Pakistan vs India will take place. The BCCI secretary, Anurag Thakur gave this statement after meeting the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh.
He said, “I am very hopeful [of the match taking place]. The meeting was held in a very positive atmosphere. The state government will also try and speak to those [families and few others] who have raised concerns.
“I am very hopeful of a positive outcome. The state government has to announce that the match is on. From the BCCI’s side, the match is on,”
Recently, Virbhadra Singh stated on Sunday that the venue of the game between the arch rivals should be changed. The reason that Singh gave for shifting the venue was in respect of ‘martyrs’ who were killed in a militant attack on an Indian air force base in Punjab.
Recently, on Sunday, the Chief Minister denied to provide any security to Pakistan cricket team in Himachal Pradesh. Pakistan is to play their match in the Himalayan Town of Dharamshala.
“It was decided [in the meeting] that in case of a bilateral series between India and Pakistan, no matches should be held in Dharamsala,” Thakur said.
“But the venues for the World T20 were decided a year ago and to organise the match elsewhere now is almost impossible.”
“So, [BCCI] and the state government are making our best efforts to sort out the issue at the earliest. Bilateral series is a different ball game. But this is a world event and India has the honour to host the event.
“We are not hosting with any other country. India is the sole host and onus is on us to make it a successful event.”
Pakistan and India had not played any bilateral series against each other after 2012 due to the political tensions between the two countries. The relationship got worsened between the neighbors after a militant attack on Pathankot, an Indian air force base camp. The incident took place just after Modi’s surprise visit to Pakistan. India once again alleged Pakistan for the attack and Modi demanded a quick and strong action from Nawaz Sharif against the culprits.