(From Reuters)

The Eden Gardens in Kolkata has replaced Dharamsala as the venue for the high-profile World Twenty20 game between India and Pakistan on March 19 because of security concerns, the International Cricket Council announced on Wednesday.

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

“The decision has been taken for security reasons,” ICC chief executive David Richardson said at a news conference. “It’s been taken following consultation with the BCCI, the relevant state associations, the ICC and the BCCI’s security advisers and consultants and other relevant authorities.”

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had raised its concern after Virbhadra Singh, the chief minister of the provincial government of Himachal Pradesh, said he would not be able to provide adequate security for the match in the hill city.

“Our concerns relate to both the uncertainty as the level of those threats, whether they would involve a couple of hundred people or many more, blockading roads to the stadium or attempting to damage property or get on to the field during the match,” Richardson said.

The PCB had sent a team to assess the security arrangements in Dharamsala on Monday, then asked the ICC to change the venue. Read More

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