The team, comprising the director of the Federal Investigation Agency and a Pakistan Cricket Board member, crossed the Wagah-Attari joint checkpost (JCP) between both countries on foot before heading for Dharamsala, almost 235 km from Attari.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had directed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to dispatch a team to India to assess the measures adopted for the security of Pakistan’s cricketers.
“If the (Himachal Pradesh) Chief Minister asks for security forces, we will provide”, Singh told reporters.
“If the Pakistan team comes to Dharamsala to play against India, we will dig up the pitch in HPCA stadium”, national president of Anti-Terrorist Front of India, Virender Shandilya said here. “Now, it is for Pakistan cricket board to take a decision”. Because they have a reason in recent times, we find ourselves having to deal with it very close to the event which is not ideal but unfortunately we can’t ignore them and we’re dealing with it as best as we can.
Pakistan are slated to kick off their World T20 campaign at Kolkata before they travel to Dharamsala.
The minister said that based on initial report of the security team, a decision would be made about scheduled departure of the team for India on Wednesday. Neither BCCI nor ICC have any significant role in it. The state government in Himachal has informed a court that adequate security will be provided for the India-Pakistan match. “The PCB should decide on the matter but we will be providing foolproof security to their players”, top BCCI functionary Rajeev Shukla said. “They inspected the route which the team will take from their hotel to the venue and also discussed the security cover being provided by the police while the team is in transit”.
Sukhu said that on one hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party talks of nationalism but on the other, its leader Thakur is trying to justify the March 19 match in Dharamsala, some 250 km from the state capital.
Pakistan’s security Team will visit India today to examine the security conditions ahead of Pakistan cricket team’s departure for World T20 tournament starting from today.
BCCI secretary and BJP MP Anurag Thakur has countered Pakistan’s demand for a guarantee from the government for security of its cricket team.