BCCI secretary and member of the Himachal Pradesh government, Anurag Thakur, has stated to reporters that the Pakistan management is looking for excuses to not send the team over to India for the World T20.
The latest developments have further damaged the relations between the two cricket boards, with the BCCI accusing its counterparts of looking for a reason to skip the 6th Twenty Twenty World Cup.
In an interview with the CNN-IBN, Anurag Thakur said:
“Unfortunately, Pakistan is looking for an excuse not to come. We are providing security to everyone and Pakistan will be given adequate security. They should not be worried about security,”
Thakur had earlier slammed his Himachal Pradesh government for mishandling the situation that left to the State losing its right to host the biggest rivalry in cricket. The BCCI secretary expressed anger and disappointment at politics being brought in cricketing ties when the Chief Minister had commented about security being inadequate for the Indo-Pak clash.
Following the confirmation of the March 19 clash between India and Pakistan being shifted from Dharamsala to Kolkata, the ICC (International Cricket Council) had confirmed on Thursday that all Indian hosting authorities had sent the security assurances.
2009 Champions Pakistan, who are likely to travel to India on Friday, will kick off their campaign on March 16 against the winner of the Qualifying Group A.