India-Pakistan clash moved to Eden Gardens


International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson confirmed that the World 20 clash between India and Pakistan has had a change of venue due to security reasons.

The game, which was scheduled to take place in Dharamsala on 19 March, will now be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on the same date after a three-man delegation from the Pakistan government deemed the security in Dharamsala as 'not assured'.

Richardson said: "The decision to relocate the match has been made for security reasons.  

"The concerns initially arose following alleged public comments recently reported by the Chief Minister of Hamachal Pradesh, warning of demonstration and attempts to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the match.

"Our concerns relate both to uncertainty as to the level of those threats as well as the level of commitment to implement any security plan developed to mitigate such treats.

"The decision was not taken lightly. The ICC and the BCCI understand the disappointment that is likely to be felt by many over the decision to move the match.

"But the safety and security of the event is of paramount importance to the ICC and we have taken into consideration the concerns shared with us by our security advisors as well as Pakistan Cricket Board."