With the increasing number of threats from extremist groups in India and the lack of assurance from the Himachal Pardesh government, the Government of Pakistan has formally constituted a three member security delegation which will be chaired by Usman Anwar who is a Senior Director at the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). Other two members of the delegation would comprise of an officer from Pakistan High Commission in India and one from Pakistan Cricket Board. This was announced in a press conference held by Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar.
The Pakistani Cricket team has now returned to Pakistan after playing the Asia Cup in Bangladesh. The team was scheduled to leave for India on the following Wednesday for the World T20 which starts with the qualifying rounds on 8th March. The national team is now being told to wait until the government gets final word of approval to play from the security team.
The security team will leave for India on Monday and will give their decision by Wednesday before the scheduled departure of the national team. Their main task will be to oversee the present security arrangements not only in the stadium, but also at the team hotel and on routes. Their approval for the team playing is on the basis of the whether the arrangements made for the security requirements are satisfactory.
The Government of Pakistan had initially allowed the PCB to play in India but due to the prevailing security threats, the Pakistani government has decided to wait until they are guaranteed complete security. This sudden move was prompted after the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh, had expressed that it is difficult for the state government to provide security as per the requirements needed at Dharamsala where both teams are scheduled to play on the 19th of March.