The iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata is currently the forerunner to host the high profile Indo-Pak clash scheduled for 19th of March.
Dharamsala, which was originally supposed to host this encounter, might not do this any longer because the Pakistan’s security team which visited India was not satisfied with the arrangements made. The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister also said that he can not ensure foolproof security which is why PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan is reluctant to play in Dharamsala.
A BCCI official told Press Trust of India that Kolkata is an ideal place from a logistic and security point of view and Broadcasting will not be an issue as well because the expensive equipment will not have to be moved somewhere else. The West Bengal government administered by Mamata Banerjee in the past too had shown interest to host BCCI’s meeting with PCB officials after their proposed talk in Mumbai faced protest and were disrupted by Shiv Sena activists.
Although Mohali and Bengaluru are also under consideration as venue for this clash but it is unlikely that they will get the nod.