Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said a day ago that a security team had been constituted and will depart on Monday for India, to ensure that the Pakistani cricket team is provided complete security while participating in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup.
Pakistan’s legendary cricketer Imran Khan has insisted that the Shahid Afridi led-team should team should not play the much-anticipated match against India in the World T20 in Dharamsala post the “hateful” statements by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.
Col Azam is also the general manager of security and anti-corruption unit in the Pakistan board.
Meanwhile, the PCB has stopped the India tour of its women’s team until it gets written security assurances.
It has been reported that the security team will be meeting the Police chief in Himachal Pradesh Chief Minsiter (CM) Virbhadra Singh in Dharmasala. “But their departure has now been put on hold as we are in touch with the government on the security issues in India”, he said. “We can delay our team’s departure till we are sure that they will be safe in India”.
Pakistan will send a three-man delegation to India to assess security before allowing their team to compete in the World Twenty20.
Besides this, the Pakistan Prime Minister sought a report from the PCB on the team’s poor performance in the ongoing Asia Cup T20 in Bangladesh.
“If the Pakistan team comes to Dharamsala to play against Indian cricket team, we will dig out the pitch in HPCA [Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association] stadium”, said the national president of the AIATF, Virender Shandilya.
“I have spoken to the HP CM and he has assured us of putting all the necessary arrangements in place”, he said.