Confident ICC chief says Delhi, Dharamsala will host World T20 games

New Delhi, Mar 07 (ANI): Amidst the growing uncertainty over the fate of the World Twenty20 matches in Dharamsala and Delhi, International Cricket Council chairman David Richardson on Monday expressed confidence that matches will be held at both the venues as per schedule.

“The challenges in respect to those two venues are there. We are dealing with those problems. The venues were decided a year back. All arrangements are in place to stage matches at those two venues. These challenges have risen not through the fault of the BCCI and the ICC. But we are dealing with them as best as we can and we are confident that matches will proceed at those two venues, ” Richardson told reporters on the eve of the T20 format’s pinnacle event.

Earlier, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had expressed his aversion to the India-Pakistan match in Dharmasala on March 19 after the ex-servicemen and families of slain army officials opposed to stage a match involving Pakistan in the wake of the recent attack on the Pathankot air base.

In response, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan had threatened to pull out of the event if they failed to get clarity about the security situation from the Indian government.

Subsequently, the Pakistan government had constituted a two-member security delegation to assess the security arrangements in India for their cricket team for the upcoming World T20. The security team will take a final call by Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla came under scrutiny after the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) failed to get various clearances from the local bodies.

However, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur reiterated that both venues were allotted matches a year ago and sounded optimistic about the two venues holding the games.

“Both the venues were allotted matches a year back. 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. As far as the DDCA is concerned, all formalities would be completed by tomorrow,” he said. (ANI)

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