Better senses prevail, Pakistan to tour India
After a lot of uncertainty, Pakistan will in-deed feature in the ICC World Twenty20 in India. And that is really good news for cricket fans and for cricket on the whole.
Politics mixing with sport, especially in cricket is never a good thing. Pakistan was supposed to play against India in a high-voltage tussle amidst the peaks of the picturesque Dharamsala. But with the Himachal Pradesh chief minister writing to India's Ministry of Home Affairs that his government was unable to provide security, the fixture as well as Pakistan's departure to India was left in limbo. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) though insisted that security would be provided and Pakistan themselves sent a three-member security delegation to assess the situation.
They were left unhappy with the arrangements and they reported that to the higher-ups at the Pakistan Cricket Board, who in turn briefed the Pakistan government.After a closed door meeting between the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the BCCI, good sense prevailed as they decided to relocate the game to the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Pakistan still wanted assurances and they received that eventually with the Pakistan Interior Ministry giving the green signal for both their men's and women's teams to travel following letters from the West Bengal Government and the Kolkata Police Commissioner.
Amidst all this, it was tough for the players who were stuck in this situation and were left waiting. Now, that everything has been sorted, they can concentrate on what they do, that is play. All is well that ends well.