The International Cricket Council needed to move the World T20 match between India and Pakistan on March 19 to a more secure area. Kolkata was the best alternative because of logistical reasons. Pakistan won’t play in Mumbai as well.
Dharamsala has lost the prominent India versus Pakistan T20 World Cup match to Kolkata. The International Cricket Council at long last acknowledged a solicitation from Pakistan Cricket Board and moved the March 19 match to a more secure venue. Kolkata’s Eden Gardens turned into an automatic choice because of logistical reasons.
Richardson said there are security worries over Mumbai after Shiv Sena had obstructed a meeting between Board authorities of India and Pakistan a year ago. Shiv Sena were restricting a respective arrangement in the middle of India and Pakistan because of strained political relationship between the neighbors.
“This was the first time in the history of the T20 World Cup that a venue had to be changed due to security reasons. Fans can either get a full refund or transfer their ticket for the Kolkata match,” said Richardson.
“It is unfortunate that the local government raised concerns late,” said Richardson, and he added that “ICC has not thought of any punishment (for BCCI).”