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ICC WT20 2016: Its decided- Eden Gardens to host India-Pakistan battle

Dharamsala's Loss Is Kolkata's Gain As The Marquee India-Pakistan Encounter Of The ICC World Twenty20 On March 19 Has Been Shifted To The Iconic Eden Gardens Here.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Ankit Pal | Updated on: 10 Mar 2016, 11:28:30 AM


Dharamsala's loss is Kolkata's gain as the marquee India-Pakistan encounter of the ICC World Twenty20 on March 19 has been shifted to the iconic Eden Gardens here.

The venue was one of the favorite choices of the officials as compared to other venues like Mohali and Bengaluru.

The decision to shift game venue came after Pakistan Cricket Board decided not to depart their team to India following security concerns for the marquee match earlier scheduled to be played in Dharamsala.

The West Bengal government led by Mamata Banerjee in the past too had shown keen interest to host BCCI's meeting with PCB after their proposed talk in Mumbai faced protest from Shiv Sena activists.

As per the ICC itinerary, Pakistani team are slated tocamp in Kolkata where they will play two warm-up games (against Bengal, March 12 and Sri Lanka, March 14) and one in the main round against Group A qualifier March 16.

As per the schedule, Pakistan will now remain in Kolkata till March 20 before heading to Mohali where they face New Zealand March 22.

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First Published : 09 Mar 2016, 05:39:00 PM