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World Twenty20 2016: India-Pakistan World T20 venue changed

999431-pakindctafp-1448600764The venue of the India-Pakistan World T20 group match has been changed from Dharamsala to Kolkata (Calcutta) due to security concerns, organisers say.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday that the decision was taken after consultations with Indian and Pakistani authorities.

The ICC said there were “warnings of demonstration and attempts to disrupt the match” in Dharamsala in northern Himachal Pradesh state.

The match is scheduled for 19 March.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) welcomed the change of venue, but said it would send its team to India only after receiving a security assurance.

“The PCB has also today conveyed to ICC and BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] that our government is expecting an assurance to Pakistan against specific threats to the Pakistan team from various political parties and groups during the tour,” it said in a statement.

ICC chief executive David Richardson told media that “the safety and security of the event is of paramount importance to the ICC”.

“I would like to confirm that the ICC has been assured by all relevant state authorities that all adequate security measure are in place and will be implemented to ensure that the event is staged in a safe and secure environment for all stakeholders,” he said.

Mr Richardson added that ticket holders for the Dharamsala match would get either a full refund or a ticket to watch the game in Kolkata.

A Pakistani security team was sent to India on Tuesday to assess the situation at the original venue.

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