ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday said that without ensuring foolproof security arrangements Pakistan Cricket Team would not be sent to India to play Twenty20 World Cup.

Prime Minister Sharif was briefed on the security issues facing the team in the event to be held in India by Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan. The prime minister directed the interior minister to ensure foolproof security arrangements for the team and in this connection he should coordinate with the Pakistani High Commissioner in New Delhi.

Sources aware of the deliberations of the meeting between the two said that it was further decided in the meeting that an advance security team could be sent to India to examine the security arrangements ahead of the Pakistan Cricket Team movement to India. The team would submit its final report on the security measures taken for Pakistan and then in the light of the report the decision to send the team to participate in the event would be made.

In another development Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also sought a report from Pakistan Cricket Board on poor performance of Pakistani in Asia Cup.

But yesterday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur was optimistic that the match will go ahead as per schedule. He had a meeting with Singh and was positive that the state government would not have any reservations in hosting the much-anticipated encounter.

The statement issued by the prime minister also sought a report from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on the team’s dismal performance in the Asia Cup T20. Earlier today, the PCB took on board Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq and veteran batsman Younus Khan to examine Pakistan’s disastrous Asia Cup T20 campaign and the ‘confused’ team selection for the World T20.

PCB chief Shaharyar Khan slammed the team’s performance but said that it was too late to make sweeping changes ahead of the World Cup. Pakistan lost to arch rival India and host Bangladesh, and only managed to beat United Arab Emirates, raising serious doubts about their potential to challenge for the title in the tournament.

Shaharyar said everyone from the coach to those involved in the selection process would be held accountable but added that there would be no knee-jerk reaction.