India-Pak tie shouldn’t be held in Dharamsala: Himachal CM

Virbhadra Singh wants HPCA to respect war veterans' request of not hosting Pakistan, especially after the Pathankot attack.

The scenic HPCA stadium in Dharamsala is scheduled to host the India-Pak T20 match on March 19   -  PTI

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday said that the state cricket association (HPCA) should consider not holding the T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan on March 19 this year if war veterans were opposed to it.

“If our war veterans don’t want the India-Pakistan match to be held in Dharamsala, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association should accept their condition if they respect them. They are not opposing the holding of matches. They are against the Pakistan team playing in Himachal Pradesh,” Singh said.

"Many incidents have taken place in recent past like the Pathankot attack. Soldiers from Himachal lost their lives in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.

Singh on Monday asserted that the much awaited World T20 match between India and Pakistan, slated to be played on March 19, should not be held in Dharamsala. “Seeing the attitude of Pakistan towards India and the recent terror attacks in J&K where soldiers from Himachal Pradesh have also sacrificed their lives, cricket match with Pakistan should not take place, at least in Dharamshala,” Singh said.

He, however, said that he doesn’t have any problem if the match takes place in any other part of the country.

"We have written to the Union Home Minister on behalf of the government regarding this matter. I think if the match takes place in Dharamsala, it would be against the will of the people of Himachal Pradesh,” he added.