World Twenty20: India's Image at Stake, Says Anurag Thakur After Dharamsala Controversy
New Delhi: The much-awaited India vs Pakistan World Twenty20 clash appears to be in big trouble after the Himachal Pradesh government expressed its inability to provide security for the match, leaving the Board of Control for Cricket in India in a bind with board secretary Anurag Thakur saying that the state should not "play politics". (Don't Play Against India in Dharamsala, Ehsan Mani Tells PCB)
The March 19 game is to be played in Dharamsala but its fate is now uncertain after Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh wrote to the Home Ministry stating that the state government cannot provide security for the match. (BCCI in Fix As Himachal Pradesh Doesn't Want to Host Ind-Pak Game)
Reacting sharply to Singh's statement, Thakur, who is also a BJP MP in Lok Sabha, said the state knew of the schedule months in advance and did not specify any such concerns at that time.
"The venues of the World Cup matches were decided one year ago, the allotment of matches was decided six months ago. People all over have made bookings and it is not fair to give such statements at the last minute," Thakur told reporters here.
"The Congress-led state government is clearly playing politics. Hundreds of Pakistani athletes were given security during the South Asian Games in Assam, why can't the Himachal government do the same?," Thakur asked.