Cloud thickening over Indo – Pak clash: PCB threats to pull out of T20 WC 2016
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has delivered a threatening message of pulling themselves out of the T20 World Cup, 2016 hosted by India if Indian Government put security clearance to their cricket team while staying in India. Shaharyar Khan, PCB chairman, called towards the concerned Indian cricket authority to promise about the full security.
Shaharyar Khan said in a briefing, “The security threats are specifically related to Pakistan team. We are communicating with International Cricket Council in daily basis about all these.”
The clouds started building after Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister expressed their inability to provide full security to the teams during high voltage India – Pakistan clash scheduled to take place at Dharamsala on March 19.
Pakistan Government had given clearance to their team about joining in the world cup but the board authorities seems to be quite shaky about sending the team among security hassle.
“Although our government permitted to join in the world cup – these latest security threads need to be taken seriously. Even some political parties also do not want us to play over there” – Shaharyar Khan said.
However Mr. Khan claimed that all they want is a public statement from the Indian Government stating the acceptance of Pakistan team by the host government.
“Indian government have to issue a public statement saying that they are ready to welcome Pakistan cricket team in their land and will ensure full security of the cricketers and officials over there; a statement like this will create a sense of security among us.” – said Shaharyar Khan.
PCB Chairman informed that BCCI officials has given personal assurances but it is not sufficient for such a big issue and gave clear statement even to boycott the World Cup, “A statement should come from the Indian government as there are visible security threats. We are not giving deadlines in this regards but we are observing the happenings and will do it till the end. There is possibility to withdraw even at the eleventh hour” – Shaharyar Khan stated.
On another incident, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur expressed his first belief that the India – Pakistan match will take place on time at Dharamsala and hence told that they have received assurance from Himachal Pradesh Government to ease the situation.
“Himachal government officials told us that they will talk to the families of the martyrs who lost their lives in the terrorist attack of Pakistan and to raise concerns. Even the Indian government officials will also try to do that. I have said to HP government that if they have lacking in security personnel, the central government will give a help for that. I am very hopeful of a positive outcome” Thakur informed about the course of the incident.
Thakur said that the Indian government will provide green signal about the match and said that from the side of the BCCI, there is no hindrances about the match to be happened on scheduled time in the scheduled place.
“From the side of BCCI, the match is on” – Anurag Thakur sighted.