Pakistan delays World T20 departure over security fears

PCB chairman Shahryar Khan said the team had been due to leave for Kolkata en route to New Delhi at noon on Wednesday, but the departure had been put on hold.

“We are awaiting the green light from interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who will assess a security delegation report and will let us know about the plan,” Khan told media. Pakistan  sent a security assessment team to India on Monday after voicing repeated concerns about arrangements following extremist threats.

Khan said the departure of Pakistan’s women’s team was also on hold pending clearance. It was unclear how long the delay would be.

The first round of the World Twenty20 started on Tuesday. The top eight-ranked nations, including Pakistan, will join the competition from the “Super 10” stage which begins on March 15.  Pakistan are due to play their opening match against a first-round qualifier in Kolkata on March 16.


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