New Delhi, March. 1 (ANI): Asserting that cancelling the upcoming India-Pakistan T-20 World Cup match slated for March 19 at Dharamsala, or shifting the venue would be an insult for the entire nation, BCCI secretary and BJP MP Anurag Thakur on Tuesday said that the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh must not vindicate Pakistan’s stand over their team’s security.
“The venues for the world cup matches were decided a year ago and the allotment for the matches were given months ago. People and media from all over the world do their bookings according to the fixtures. So as the event approaches, coming up and saying that there is not adequate security is an insult to the nation,” Thakur told the media here.
Adding that there should be no politics over sports, he said that if Assam managed to host the South Asian Games in which more than 100 Pakistani athletes participated, then there was no reason behind Himachal’s incompetence.
“This is question of the nation’s image. If the Congress government in Himachal vindicates Pakistan’s stand that their players are not safe in India, then it will be unfortunate,” Thakur added.
Earlier, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh expressed his aversion to the Indo-Pak match in Dharamsala saying that “At this point of time, Pakistan’s match should not be in Dharamsala. BCCI should either cancel or shift the match to other state to honour the sentiments of families of martyrs.”
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan had said earlier that it was the joint responsibility of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Indian government to ensure top security for the Pakistan team during the World T20. (ANI)