NEW DEHLI: First time in the history of International Cricket Council (ICC), the venue for Pakistan-India match has been relocated to Kholkata, India amid security concerns, Aaj News reported.
The match will be played in Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata. During a press conference, ICC CEO Dave Richardson said, “ We are forced in to this decision,” he added that relocating the venue was the best option possible as India-Pakistan match is the most bankable match.
He informed the media that ensuring security is state governance responsibility. ICC understands the situation and BCCI couldn’t have done anything to prevent the situation.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said last Sunday that the match should be moved to another venue out of respect for the “martyrs” killed in the assault by militants on an Indian air force base in neighbouring Punjab.
He threatened not to provide security for Pakistan’s players at the Himachal Pradesh cricket ground in the Himalayan town of Dharamsala where the clash was due to take place.
The development comes after the PCB put on hold the departure of its men and women’s teams for the World T20, asking for the match to be re-located due to security reasons.