Political cliche` clouds over India – Pakistan clash in World Cup
On the eve of the T20 World Cup hosted by India, political hassles shrouded over the high voltage match arch – rival clash between India and Pakistan. The two neighboring rancorous countries will face each other on 19th of March at the picturesque Dharamsala stadium in Himachal Pradesh.
The clouds started engrossing when Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh wrote a letter to the Ministry of Home of Affairs of the Indian government expressing his concerns over the security issues regarding the India – Pakistan match. However the Chief Minister stated in his letter that the match should not be played in Dharamsala for the current public sentiment in Himachal Pradesh after the recent terrorist attack at Pathankot, in near of the Pakistan border.
Mr. Singh meanwhile clearly said that Himachal Cricket Association will accept any request from the war veterans of the region to change the venue of that particular match.
“Soldiers from Himachal lost their lives. If our war veterans put their words against holding India – Pakistan match here, HCA will consider their opinion” – he said.
It can be noted that eight matches of T20 World Cup are scheduled to take place in Dharamsala and the Chief Minister cleared it out that they have no objection regarding other matches of the tournament, “They are just against watching to play Pakistan in Himachal” – Mr. Sing added.
Anurag Thakur, the BCCI secretary expressed his strong concern over the issue and according to him the protocol for the security of the matches across all venues has been up to the board to co – ordinate with the federal government.