The Chief Executive Officer of the ICC, Dave Richardson, looked confident over the participation of Pakistan in the upcoming World T20 in India.
Pakistan’s participation in the World T20 fell in jeopardy after statements from Virbhadra Singh. The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh denied to give security to Pakistan’s cricket team. The Indo-Pak clash is scheduled on 19th March in Dharamshala.
This action from Singh pushed the Pakistan Cricket Board to a situation where they had to talk about pulling out of this mega T20 event. The PCB showed concerns over security of their team in India. However, the CEO of the ICC seems confident.
He said during a press conference, “Pakistan won’t pull out of World T20. We are confident that the matches will proceed in respective venues,”
“The venues were decided a year back and all arrangements are in place to stage the matches at those two venues,”
He further added, “These challenges have reasons not through the fault of the BCCI or the ICC. But the fact is that we are dealing with these and we are confident that the matches will proceed at those two venues.”
“The Indian government has shown a commitment to make sure that adequate security measures are in place at all the venues for all the teams,”
“I can assure you that the BCCI and PCB are communicating, as is the ICC with both parties.”
He assured Pakistan vs India game by saying, “We will make sure we do everything we can to make sure the event takes place at a safe and secure environment.”
Pakistan security team has reached India; they will weigh the security measures by Indian government. The final decision by Pakistan government will be made after seeing the final report of the security team.