Pakistan to compete at World T20

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March 12, 2016

ISLAMABAD (AP):

Pakistan will travel to India for the World Twenty20 after the Indian government gave security assurances yesterday.

"I want to tell you and cricket lovers good news that Pakistan will play in the World Twenty20 on the basis of solid security assurances we have received from officials of Indian government," Najam Sethi, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board executive committee, told reporters.

Sethi said the team left for Kolkata late last night after the tour was cleared by Pakistan interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan with whom he met in Islamabad.

During his meeting with Khan, Sethi provided letters of security assurances he had received from police officials and the chief minister of Bengal. The PCB received the documents from global governing body the ICC late Thursday.

Sethi said Indian home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi also offered security assurances to the team during his meeting with the Pakistan high commissioner in New Delhi on Friday.

Pakistan will play Sri Lanka in a warm-up match in Kolkata on Monday.

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