India assures security, Pakistan to play in World T20

India World T20 Cricket Pakistan Policemen stand guard outside the Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata. The Eden Gardens in Kolkata has replaced Dharamsala as the venue for the high-profile World Twenty20 game between India and Pakistan on March 19 because of security concerns | AP

The Pakistan government on Friday formally decided to send its national men's and women's cricket teams to India to take part in the ongoing World T20 tournament.

The national cricket teams are scheduled to fly out to India on Friday night, Geo TV quoted sources here as saying.

The decision came after Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the Pakistan cricket team will be provided adequate security during their World Twenty20 campaign in India.

The Pakistan government had demanded a written assurance from India on providing foolproof security to Pakistan players after protests by serving and retired soldiers of the Indian Army and political leaders in Himachal Pradesh forced the International Cricket Council (ICC) to shift the group match against hosts India from Dharamsala to Kolkata.

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