PCB requests ICC for a change of venue

9 Mar 2016 | By Vaneet Randhawa

In a letter to ICC, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahryar Khan sought a change in location for the Indo-Pak World T20 battle due to the contradictory signals exuding from India over Dharamsala as the venue.

Khan said that the Himachal CM has not "committed full security for the match and the Indian government has also not come up with any reassuring statement".

In context: Dharamsala's predicament: To host or not to host?

Introduction Controversy around Dharamsala as T20 venue

On 11 December 2015, the ICC in a release said that Dharamsala will host the World Twenty20 2016 match between India and Pakistan on 19 March.

While the Shiv Sena was against the match from the very beginning, it was joined by the families of ex-servicemen who rallied that an Indo-Pak tournament would be disrespectful towards the martyred soldiers (some from HP itself).

1 Mar 2016HP CM says 'Himachal cannot host the T20 match'

Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh in a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that HP couldn't host the T20 match owing to a potential "law-and-order situation" arising from the anti-Pakistan sentiment in the state.

Anurag Thakur, BCCI secretary and a BJP MP from Hamirpur, urged the state not to "play politics" and said that the CM knew the schedule and should've spoken sooner.

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Pakistan daily slams Himachal CM

A Pakistani daily lashed out at Himachal Pradesh's Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for his comment on the Pakistan-India match and said that allowing political opinions “tarnish the sport to such an extent is unacceptable”.

5 Mar 2016Shiv Sena threatens dire consequences; AAP joins in

Shiv Sena threatened the BJP "of people's ire" if it goes ahead with the proposed India-Pakistan cricket T20 World Cup match.

Further, it questioned if the party will call the Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh an "anti-national" for opposing the match.

Even the AAP joined the chorus against the scheduled match saying it would hurt the sentiments of the families of martyrs.

9 Mar 2016PCB requests ICC for a change of venue

9 Mar 2016Indo-Pak T20 most-likely to move to Kolkata

The much-awaited India-Pakistan ICC T20 World Cup on 19 March is most likely to be moved to Kolkata's Eden Gardens.

While the ICC confirmation hasn't been announced, but according to BCCI sources, Kolkata has the "highest" probability in comparison to other proposed venues like Bengaluru and Mohali.

The West Bengal government too has shown interest in playing the hosts, unlike the HP government.

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Eden Gardens the new venue for T20 face-off

On 10 March 2016, the ICC shifted the India-Pakistan World T20 match to Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

12 Mar 2016Dharamshala won't host Kings XI Punjab's IPL matches

After a failed stint to host the World T20 match, Dharamsala also lost its IPL contracts.

On Kings XI Punjab's request, the BCCI shifted the IPL team's share of matches from the HPCA stadium to the VCA stadium in Nagpur.

The reason cited was that the Himachal state charges a hefty entertainment tax and fees to give security to players during the IPL.