Pakistan couldn’t say no to India, sends its cricket team on ‘verbal security assurance’

By Sarmad Ali

( After all this fuss and drama PML-N government has finally allowed the national cricket team to India for the World Twenty20 following the ‘so-called security assurances’ from New Delhi. India has given no written assurance.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar first made a dabang entry saying it will not go to India because of security concerns and after making headlines for many days in the national press decided what already decided in principle.
Chaudhry Nisar should have given a befitting response to India and would not have allowed sending the team till India openly declared providing fool-proof security.
The Pakistan team due to 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.
On Thursday Interior Minister Khan had ruled out sending the team until special assurances were met from India. PCB’s Najam Sethi said the assurances had now been made.
Diplomatic tensions have meant that the two teams have not played any bilateral series for more than three years, and their rivalry is restricted to multi-national tournaments such as the World T20. — Pakdestiny

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