Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan on Thursday said the national team had delayed its departure to India for the ICC World Twenty20, pending a written security guarantee from the Government of India.

“Pending that assurance we have delayed the departure of the team,” Mr. Khan told The Hindu from Lahore. Pakistan was scheduled to arrive on Thursday.

“It may not be the biggest crisis for the game but it is an issue. It will not be good for Pakistan cricket and not good for international cricket either. We know what could happen if we don’t play in the tournament and that’s why we are keen to go to India,” he added. The International Cricket Council (ICC), having agreed to Pakistan’s request to shift its match against India, originally scheduled for March 19 at Dharamshala, to Kolkata, could impose heavy fines and the PCB could face sanction for withdrawing from the tournament. (