People of Kolkata are lucky as they got the India –Pakistan World T20 match which will be held at Eden Gardens on March 19. Finally, the most anticipated March 19 encounter between India-Pakistan shifted to Kolkata after Himachal Pradesh (HP) government and ex-army men protested against the match in Dharamshala.
The decision was made by ICC after months-long bargaining between BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and HP government.
“Uncertainty about the level of commitment to security plans” part of the reason for a venue change, ICC chief executive officer Dave Richardson said.
“Unfortunate concerns had been raised close to the event by local government” Dave Richardson further added.
He was asked whether Dharamshala would face sanctions as it fails to host a schedule Indo-Pak match. Dave said, “Too early to consider sanctions against Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.”
But, Dave didn’t want to blame BCCI for the reschedule of India-Pakistan match. He said, “Don’t think BCCI could’ve done anything to prevent it from happening.India is an extremely big, complicated country in many respects.”
However, Dave said that ICC has full faith in India even though it fail to keep the scheduled match intact. “ICC has not lost faith in India or anyone else, ” Richardson said.
Pakistan government also sent a three-man inspection team to chek the security situations at the venue and they decided against playing at Dharamshala on March 19 match as they found that locals are against the match.
Now, at Eden Gardens, where the final of the World T20 will be held on April 3, India and Pakistan will also play the match.
BCCI also confirmed that Pakistan will land in Kolkata for their first World T20 match in India.
India recently defeated Pakistan in Dhaka. Pakistan batting first scored 83 and India have won the match by 5 wickets.
Meanwhile, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said, “Kind of embarrassment they’ve created for country & kind of projection they’ve given is not fair on the part of any CM.”
But, in recent time, a bilateral series between India and Pakistan was scrapped after years-long negotiations between Indian and Pakistan cricket boards.
Initially, BCCI agreed to play a short series in Sri Lanka, but BJP government did not allow the BCCI to play the series.
A match between India and Pakistan always creates enthusiasm among the Indians cutting across the ages. But, the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack has ruined the cricket series between these two arch rivals.
According to India, Hafeez Saeed, the kingpin of Mumbai terrorist has been roaming in Pakistan, but their government has been asking for more documents to prove his connection to the attack.
However, in front of 65000 strong crowd at the Eden Gardens, the India-Pakistan match will get historic treatment from the citizenry of West Bengal and its capital Kolkata.