"Pakistan team will be allowed to visit India only after assurance of foolproof security," Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan © Getty Images
“Pakistan team will be allowed to visit India only after assurance of foolproof security,” Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan © Getty Images

From Sajjad Hussain

Islamabad: Pakistan cricket team will be allowed to visit India only after assurance of foolproof security from the Indian government for it during the Twenty20 world cup, the country’s Interior Minister said on Wednesday. “Pakistan team will be allowed to visit India only after assurance of foolproof security,” Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan said in a statement. “Provision of foolproof security is not only responsibility of the Indian government but also that of the ICC,” Khan said. Khan’s statement came after it was reported that local authorities refused to provide foolproof security to Pakistan team during its planned match with India. He said he would consult Pakistan Cricket Board chairman and send a report to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for final decision. Ehsan Mani advises PCB not to play the tie at Dharamsala

Earlier, ICC World T20 2016 tournament Director MV Sridhar on Wednesday gave a thumbs up to the security and other arrangements in place for the matches to be held here including the marquee India-Pakistan clash on March 19. “The Police in Dharamsala is so far handling the security for world cup teams excellently,” said Sridhar. Sridhar monitored the arrangements here today and will be moving to Mohali to visit that centre on Thursday. “I was travelling with the Hongkong team in the same plane and after landing at the Dharamsala airport I kept on following the bus of the team up to the hotel, and found the police control more than excellent.”