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PCB has put an hold on their team and delayed their travel to India © AFP

After a lot of speculation and twists it has been finally decided that Pakistan won’t be playing the most awaited ICC T20 World Cup 2016 clash against India in Dharamsala on March 19. As political tensions have been mounting in the beautiful hill-station, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has opted for an alternate venue for the iconic tie. A  three-member security team led by FIA DG Usman Anwar visited India to introspect the security arrangements for the match. Only to return not impressed with the kind of security that was arranged for the encounter. ALSO READ: ICC T20 World Cup 2016: Pakistan team’s departure to India put on hold

As the current scenario in Dharamsala does not look pleasant enough for a cricket match between two neighbouring nations, with political uproar out in the open, it can be said that fear within the players wouldn’t have been good sight. Even the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, sparked controversy and triggered a debate when he declared that complete security won’t be provided to Pakistan.

One can say that, Pakistan are not wrong in their decision as they have just taken a stand and have done what they feel is right, keeping in mind the security of their cricketers. Cricket is a game and a team’s security is the primary concern, if the PCB feels that player’s safety will be jeopardized, they will take precautionary step (any cricket board would have). It can also be argued that because India did not agree to play the series in UAE, that the PCB are making much noise of the issue. ALSO READ: ICC T20 World Cup 2016: Inzamam-ul-Haq rules out Pakistan chances of faring well in tournament

In December 2015, a bilateral series between India and Pakistan was also called off, after a lot of drama from the both boards. Much affected by this decision were the fans who were heartbroken as they had hoped and prayed for the series to happen.

Earlier, former ICC President Ehsan Mani expressed that Pakistan should reject to play India in ICC tournament. Mani reported by IBNLive saying, “I think Pakistan would be within its right to refuse to be in the same group as India in any ICC event. Until now it is common knowledge that the ICC s main revenues have been generated from scheduling a match between Pakistan and India in any ICC event in the group stage itself.”

Instances like these are not good for the game of cricket, it doesn’t nurture the game and the true spirit is affected. Pakistan has kept their team on hold but the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control of Cricket for India (BCCI) have although assured the PCB complete safety and care for its players and staff. In a country like India, where politics take the centre stage, problems such as these will arise. Pakistan should have trusted the Indian government and BCCI’s assurances and abided by the schedule.

Pakistan cricket is going through a rough phase and this is doing no more good to their cause. Although they have kept the safety of their players the pivotal aspect but the purpose of the game should also be served. As of now, India-Pakistan affair still continues to attract enormous eyeballs and the venue of their ICC T20 World Cup 2016 game on March 19 remains a mystery.