Cricket team not to visit India sans guarantee of foolproof security: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Thursday said that Pakistan Cricket team would not visit India without the guarantee of foolproof security by its government.

“Everyone in Pakistan including the government wants Pakistan team to visit India for the T-20 World Cup, but if the Indian government will not give foolproof security assurance, the team will not visit,” he said while addressing a news conference here at the Punjab House.

“How cricket can be played under the shadow of threats,” he questioned. He said the attitude of International Cricket Council and the Board of Control for Cricket was positive but they had nothing to do with the security.

Nisar said the complete security report had been received yesterday, and both the government and Pakistan Cricket Board were unanimous that the Dharamshala venue should be changed. He said that first issue was solved by the ICC by changing the venue.

The minister said despite tense environment, the government decided to send Pakistan cricket team to India but since then unabated threats were being hurled and allegations were levelled. He said these threats were Pakistan-specific and therefore, Pakistan’s government would have to take them seriously.

He said it was the responsibility of the government to ensure security and safety of the players. He said it was also essential that players should participate in the World Cup in a threat-free and pressure-free environment, adding “So, they should be provided a level playing field.”

Nisar said that the Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata had the capacity of around 100,000 spectators, and what would happen if some of them went violent? APP