New Delhi: "The safety and security of the event is of paramount importance to the ICC and we have taken into consideration the concerns shared with us by our security advisors as well as the Pakistan Cricket Board," International Cricket Council Chief Executive David Richardson while announcing the shifting of the India vs Pakistan ICC World T20 game to Kolkata from Dharamsala.
Will they travel?
But it was unclear whether Pakistan would travel to India to take part in the tournament even after the venue switch, with its cricket board saying it was still awaiting security assurances from the Indian government.
"The team’s departure - men and women - will remain pending until the Indian government gives assurances. Once we get assurances from India then we will ask our government for clearance," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan told a press conference in Lahore. Richardson said he was now "hopeful" that Pakistan would take part. "We have just conveyed our decision to Pakistan and we are very hopeful they will come," he said.