India makes ‘public guarantee’ of security for Pakistan teams during World T20

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi stretches during a training session. — AFP/File

KARACHI: A possible pull out of the Pakistan cricket team from the ICC World T20 is off the cards after the Indian government on Friday issued a “public guarantee” of security to Shahid Afridi’s side for their match in Kolkata.

The breakthrough comes as Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of the Indian state of West Bengal, assured in writing ‘foolproof security’ to the Pakistan team for its match against India. Cricket Association of Bengal, headquartered in Kolkata, capital city of West Bengal state, operates the Eden Gardens.

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official confirmed to DawnNews to have received a copy of the public notice issued by the West Bengal state government.

“We have sent a copy of the notice to the interior ministry, seeking approval of the departure of Pakistan’s men and women cricket teams to India,” the board official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.

-more at Dawn
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