The CEO of ICC, Dave Richardson has confirmed on Wednesday that the contest between India and Pakistan will take place in Kolkata, instead of Dharamshala.
Richardson was addressing a press conference when he said that the decision has been taken forcefully as the world body wasn’t ready to shift the venue of the huge clash. He further said the decision was made after PCB showed their concern over security of their players.
He said, “The step was taken after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shared its concerns with us,”
“The people who have bought tickets will be refunded or they can exchange them with the tickets for the Kolkata match.”
The CEO of ICC further added, “The ICC has been assured by all state authorities that adequate security measures are in place at all venues. The event will be staged in safe and secure environment.”
The BCCI was waiting for a response from Pakistan and the PCB Chairman, Shaharyar Khan has given his acceptance to play the game in the Eden Gardens. However, Khan has still shown some concerns over the security and has asked for the complete assurance of their security, despite the words spoken by Dave Richards earlier in the press conference. Khan might be looking for specific assurance for Pakistan’s cricket team security.
Pakistan and India are now set to take on each other in Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 19th March. Pakistan cricket team is still waiting for a go ahead signal from the Interior Minister to fly off to India.