Pakistan clears team’s departure to India for World Twenty20


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday announced it would send its national cricket team to India for the World Twenty20 following security assurances from New Delhi after months of uncertainty.

The interior minister “Chaudhry Nisar (Ali Khan) has given permission to Pakistan’s team to play in India,” Najam Sethi, a senior Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official, told reporters after a meeting with the minister.

The Pakistan team had been due to fly out on Wednesday to play in the tournament but their departure was put on hold by the government, citing the threat posed by Hindu extremists.

Pakistan is set to play its first match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on March 16 against a qualifier team, followed by a clash against arch-rival India at the same venue three days later.

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