Pakistan team likely to leave for India on Friday

The Pakistan national cricket team may depart for the World Twenty20 tournament in India on Friday.

According to a report by Geo TV, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to allow the team to depart for the neighbouring country after the Super 10 Group 2 clash against India was shifted from Dharamsala to Kolkata.

The match, scheduled to be played on March 19, had to be shifted after serving and retired Indian Army personnel and political leaders in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh opposed it since Kangra district — where Dharamsala is situated — is home to a large number of martyrs’ families.

Chief Minister Virbhadra had also stated that the administration will not be able to provide adequate security for the event. Although the Indian government was willing to provide paramilitary forces to secure the match venue, the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to shift the tie on Wednesday.

The national team was originally due to leave for India on Tuesday evening. But the PCB postponed the departure as they awaited the final report from the three-member security delegation which they had sent to review the security arrangements in Dharamsala.


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