MUMBAI - Top leadership of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided that Pakistan’s matches in the World Twenty20 2016 will not be staged in the state of Maharashtra due to security concerns.
The decision was jointly taken by BCCI and the Maharashtra government, who feared that Hindu right-wing parties such as Shiv Sena might disturb the law and order situation across the state. Maharashtra’s two stadiums Nagpur and Mumbai are amongst the eight venues to host ICC World T20. Kolkata, Dharamsala, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mohali.
A BCCI spokesperson, in an interview to an Indian news agency, said that the government of Maharashtra has advised the cricketing board us to not stage Pakistan games in the state as several parties might harm the law and order situation.
The party had opposed Pakistani hockey and kabbadi players’ participation in the matches that were to be held in the state.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has not made the final draw for the Twenty20 World Cup 2016 in India as yet.
The spokesman also said that BCCI would ensure that such a draw would be made that Pakistan would not have to play any of their matches in the two grounds. He added that there would be no problem in the final as it will be contested in Bengal’s Kolkata.
Meanwhile, the ICC World Twenty20 (T20) 2016, which is scheduled to be held in India, is likely to witness Pakistan, West Indies and the hosts play it out in the same group.
However, according to media reports, Pakistan will not be playing in Mumbai and Nagpur.
Earlier, International Cricket Council (ICC) released its tentative itinerary for the period 2015 to 2023 in its annual conference held in London on Saturday, where it also announced the inaugural World Test Championship in 2017 to be staged in England and Wales. Most likely, all matches will be played in five or six venues, and Eden Gardens is going to host the ICC World T20 2016 final.
The said tournament will run from March 11 to April 3 next year. Kolkata’s iconic Eden Gardens is slated to host the final of the tournament. Bangalore, Chennai, Dharamshala, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi are the other locations which will play host to matches.
Speaking on occasion of the announcement of venues, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur sounded pleased and confident about the capabilities of the said venues to produce quality cricket. “BCCI is extremely proud to host this prestigious event.
All the venues identified have hosted many prestigious matches. With this announcement, we have begun our preparations in right earnest. We want this World Twenty20 to be a memorable experience for our participants and fans. I am confident that all the venues nominated will deliver a world class event,” Thakur said.
The tournament will be a 16-team affair of which the 10 full members have been given direct pass while six associates will be selected based on the ongoing ICC World T20 Qualifier tournament being held in Ireland and Scotland.
The previous edition of the tournament was held in Bangladesh, which saw Sri Lanka win the title after facing India in the final. It has been learnt that Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium is in line for one of the two semi-finals while Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla in all likelihood will host the other Semi-Final.
The BCCI has also announced a managing committee for the ICC World T20 2016 of which BCCI president JagmohanDalmiya will be chairman. Other members will include Thakur, Amitabh Choudhary, AnirudhChoudhary, G. Ganga Raju, Rajeev Shukla, AshishShelar and AshirbadBehera.