Jammu (J-K), Mar 11 (ANI): National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah on Friday ridiculed Pakistan for asking for adequate security to their cricket team, saying the neighbouring nation has realised that what they have created is now hitting them back.
“I think they realise what they have created is now hitting them back. If there was no terrorism, they would have played anyway. But then that is not the situation, terrorism has changed the minds of the people,” Abdullah told ANI.
Responding to a poser over Pakistan demanding more security for its players in the upcoming match in Kolkata, Abdullah said: “We should give whatever security Pakistan wants. It becomes essential if you want to play the game. As cricket is cricket, sports have to continue and I am sure that this game will go through in Kolkata.”
Earlier today, PCB chief Shaharyar Khan said that the board had got the assurance of foolproof security to their team from the Indian Government and the BCCI, adding that they were now waiting for Interior Minister’s decision on the matter.
On Wednesday, the International Cricket Council decided to shift the venue for the World T20 clash between India and Pakistan on March 19 from Dharamsala to Kolkata’s Eden Park due to security concerns.
The decision was taken after the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister expressed his aversion to the match in his state after the ex-servicemen and families of slain army officials opposed to stage an event involving Pakistan in the wake of the recent Pathankot terror attacks. (ANI)