Pak PM orders security assessment ahead of World T20 in India

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Karachi, March.4 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called on Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali to send a security team to India in order to examine the measures adopted for the safety of Pakistan players for the upcoming World T20, which starts from March 8.

According to the Dawn, Sharif asked the security team to ensure foolproof security measures for the Shahid Afridi-led side in coordination with the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

The 66-year-old added that the final decision to allow the Pakistan team to travel India would be made after the report would be submitted by the security team.

Earlier, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had expressed his aversion to the Indo-Pak match in his state after the ex-servicemen and families of slain army officials opposed to stage a match involving Pakistan in the wake of the recent Pathankot attacks.

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On Thursday, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan had threatened to pull out of the T20 format’s pinnacle event if they failed to get clarity about the security situation from the Indian government.

However, senior BCCI functionary Rajeev Shukla on Friday categorically said that the much-anticipated clash will be held in Dharamsala as scheduled on March 19.

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.

Earlier in the day, PCB had constituted a ‘special committee’ in a bid to examine Pakistan’s disappointing display in the Asia Cup T20 and to keep a close eye on the national side’s performance in the upcoming T20 format’s pinnacle event. (ANI)

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