India-Pakistan match is scheduled to be played on March 19 at Dharamsala © Getty Images
India-Pakistan match is scheduled to be played on March 19 at Dharamsala © Getty Images

New Delhi: The much-anticipated ICC World Twenty20 (T20) 2016 cricket match between India and Pakistan will be held as scheduled in Dharamsala, Tournament Director M V Sridhar said today. “The match is on. The state and central governments are on board and all security arrangements have been made,” he said after a meeting with Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry M K Singla besides others here. Pakistan will play against India on March 19 in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh. There has been some opposition in the state, including from ex-servicemen, on holding the match at the hill station. Sridhar, however, said discussions with Home Ministry officials remained inconclusive and a few issues are yet to be sorted out. READ: Indis vs Pakistan, ICC T20 World Cup 2016: HP CM denies asking centre government for more security

Sridhar, also General Manager of Cricket Operations of the BCCI, was accompanied by IPL anti-corruption and security unit head and former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar and a few other BCCI officials. Representatives of Himachal Pradesh government were also present in the meeting. Sridhar rpt Sridhar said an official team of Pakistan had visited Dharamsala and has expressed satisfaction over the security arrangements in the stadium as well as hotels in the picturesque hill station. Sridhar rpt Sridhar said Kangra District Magistrate and local Inspector General of Police assured full protection to players and the venue. READ: ICC World T20 2016: Anurag Thakur slammed by Himachal Congress for ‘double speak’

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday said that his government has not asked for security from the Centre for the India-Pakistan T20 World Cup match slated to be held on March 19 in Dharamsala. He, however, said the ruling dispensation at the Centre can send the paramilitary forces if they want to. He also insisted that if the ex-servicemen protest against the match then the state police would not initiate any action against them.