Pakistan send delegation to assess security


The Pakistan national team will not leave for the World T20 in India unless the government gives them security clearance to go to their Asian neighbouring country.

The Pakistan government has confirmed that they will send a three-member security delegation to India to assess the security arrangements for the Pakistan men and women's team at the global event.

Chaudhry Nisar Khan, Pakistan's interior minister, said: "I have asked the PCB chairman to wait, and the team can wait until the security clearance is assured.

"We can delay our team's departure till we are sure that they will be safe in India.

"If the security team's initial report is positive, our cricket team will leave for India as per schedule on Wednesday otherwise we may delay the team's departure.

"We not only want our team's security in hotels and on routes, but want our players to play cricket without any worries in grounds where thousands of people will accumulate for the match.

"We will only give a green signal for the team to go to India once we get security clearance."

The news about the security situation came about after PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan threatened to withdraw the national side from the tournament if India did not give them assurances about the security situation.