Pakistan unsatisfied by security at Dharamsala

Pakistan has expressed willingness to opt out of playing its Twenty20 fixture against India in Dharamsala, owing to inadequate security at the venue.

Dharamsala is scheduled to host eight matches at the World Twenty20.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

Pakistan has expressed willingness to opt out of playing its Twenty20 fixture against India in Dharamsala, owing to inadequate security at the venue. A three-member security committee had travelled to Dharamsala to review the security arrangements; its report indicates it was not satisfied with the security for its national team.

The corollary of the development is that Pakistan will not travel to India on Wednesday as scheduled, and according to ESPNcricinfo, the Pakistan Cricket Board has asked the International Cricket Council to suggest an alternative venue for the match against India.

Only a suggestion

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said Pakistan's intention of opting out of Dharamsala was not a decision, but only, as yet, a suggestion, and that this matter will have to be finalised by Wednesday.

The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, the state which possesses the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, Virbhadra Singh, had earlier conveyed to the team reviewing the security that protection will not be provided for Pakistan's players by his government.

The match in question is scheduled for March 19.