India-Pakistan World T20 match in Dharamsala as scheduled: BCCI

A team of Pakistani officials arrived in India on Monday to review security arrangements for their team during the tournament.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:March 8, 2016 7:39 pm
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The much-anticipated World Twenty20 cricket match between India and Pakistan will be held as scheduled in Dharamsala, Tournament Director M V Sridhar said on Tuesday.

“The match is on. The state and central governments are onboard and all security arrangements have been made,” he said after a meeting with Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry M K Singla besides others in New Delhi.

Pakistan will play against India on March 19 in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.

There has been some opposition in the state, including from ex-servicemen, on holding the match at the hill station.

Sridhar, however, said discussions with Home Ministry officials remained inconclusive and a few issues are yet to be sorted out.

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Sridhar, also General Manager of Cricket Operations of the BCCI, was accompanied by IPL anti-corruption and security unit head and former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar and a few other BCCI officials.

Representatives of Himachal Pradesh government were also present in the meeting.

Singla said an official team of Pakistan had visited Dharamsala and has expressed satisfaction over the security arrangements in the stadium as well as hotels in the picturesque hill station.

Singla said Kangra District Magistrate and local Inspector General of Police assured full protection to players and the venue.

Besides the Dharamsala match, Pakistan will play two matches in Mohali, Punjab against New Zealand on March 22 and against Australia on March 25.

The Pakistani team will also play a match in Kolkata on March 16.

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A team of Pakistani officials arrived in India on Monday to review security arrangements for their team during the tournament.

The semi-finals of the World Twenty20 cricket tournament will be held in New Delhi on March 30 and in Mumbai a day later.

The final will be played in Kolkata on April 3.

The tournament’s qualifying matches begin on Tuesday.

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    AMJAD
    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:29 pm
    sanjeeve is right on thisissue
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      RS Peter
      Mar 8, 2016 at 7:14 pm
      Now country first or match first. Selfishness of BCCI and BJP
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        Sanjeev Singal
        Mar 8, 2016 at 4:07 pm
        Behold, who will be guarding cricket pitch to ensure Indo-Pak match! Unbelievable that RSS and Shiv Sena will live to see this day.
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          shilpa jain
          Mar 9, 2016 at 6:29 am
          Excitment about the Indo-Pak match is raising high.
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            s s nair
            Mar 8, 2016 at 3:05 pm
            As it is cricket is a game and not politics. We all enjoy the game. But those who are now propagated bending backwards to please stan were in the forefront in opposing them when they were in opposition along with their friends. This means some people do not have a policy. They simply go along with the wind. Only few days back some stani national was send back as the govt also did not permit them. Those who were sponsoring were called anti national and asked to go to stan. What a policy.
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              Prateik
              Mar 8, 2016 at 3:59 pm
              This is called 'case to case's policy.
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                Prateik
                Mar 8, 2016 at 4:59 pm
                Virbhadra Singh will guard.
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                  anonymous
                  Mar 8, 2016 at 3:59 pm
                  The scheduled game should go on. The people should put up with headless BCCI in the spirit of sports. Enjoy the wonderful battle being won by The Indian Team on their behalf.
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