Pakistan are likely to travel to India on Friday © AFP
Pakistan are likely to travel to India on Friday © AFP

The Pakistani government on Thursday allowed their national men’s cricket team to travel to their neighbouring country India, to participate in the ICC World T20 2016 tournament. India and Pakistan are set to clash in the Group 2 match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on March 19, as the match was shifted from the picturesque Dharamsala to the iconic Eden Gardens. According to the Times of India, the Pakistani government allowed their team after a long drama that saw the ICC World T20 2016 Match No. 19 being shifted to Kolkata, with Mohali’s PCA Stadium being the other preferred venue for the Pakistani officials who came to India to inspect the security arrangements. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs Pakistan, ICC World T20 2016, Match 19 at Kolkata

Meanwhile, reports emerged on Thursday afternoon that Pakistani team will fly out for India on Friday, as they were likely to get approval from their government. Many see Pakistan’s objection to play at Dharamsala as a tit-for-tat move after the Himachal Pradesh state Chief Minister said they made not be able to provide foolproof security to the touring side. India had cancelled a series with Pakistan slated for late 2015, whichwas another long episode.

 

IANS reported, according to a report by Geo TV, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to allow the team to depart for the neighbouring country after the Super 10 Group 2 clash against India was shifted from Dharamsala to Kolkata. The match, scheduled to be played on March 19, had to be shifted after serving and retired Indian Army personnel and political leaders in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh opposed it since Kangra district — where Dharamsala is situated — is home to a large number of martyrs’ families.