Finally, the speculation regarding the venue for the World T20 match between India and Pakistan has come to an end.
The match was originally scheduled to be held on 19th of March at the HPCA stadium in Dharamshala. But with the concerns regarding the security issues constantly raised by the Pakistan Cricket Board, BCCI has finally shifted the venue of the match to Eden Garden on the same day.
Yesterday the PCB chairman released a statement to clear the air regarding this matter. “I have written to (ICC chairman Manohar Shashank) that if you want us to play somewhere else because of issues at Dharamsala we are willing to consider that,” he said. “We have never refused to play.”
This prompted the BCCI to take action and move the venue to a safer location.
“Logistically, and from the security point of view, Kolkata is the ideal place for the match as they would not have to travel to Dharamshala… It’s feasible from a broadcasting point of view as they would not have to the cost of taking the expensive broadcasting kit to another venue,” a BCCI official said.
As per the schedule, Pakistan was to arrive today later in the evening in Kolkata but now they will arrive on a later date most probably tomorrow or day after tomorrow. They will be playing against Bengal XI and Sri Lanka in a warm-up game on March 12 and 14 respectively in Kolkata. On March 16, Pakistan will play its first match against Group A qualifier at the Eden Gardens. By the 20th, the team will be heading to Mohali for its match against New Zealand.
Eden Gardens has been a happy hunting ground for Pakistan in the limited overs format winning five of its six matches, with the latest being its win against India by 85 runs in January 2013.