The backdrop of tense political relations between Pakistan and India over the past few months had created uncertainty surrounding the clash between the two sides at this year’s ICC World Cup. The archrivals are scheduled to face each other on June 16 at Old Trafford in Manchester.
A terrorist attack in India in February had led the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to threaten the boycott of the World Cup match versus Pakistan. The BCCI had even tried to convince other member nations of the ICC to sever cricketing ties with Pakistan but this plan did not come through.
Amidst these political tensions, the World Cup game is going ahead as the security services in England are working to maintain communal harmony.
“The game is definitely going ahead in Manchester. We're in constant liaison with the police and the security services,” the tournament security and safety director Jill McCracken said.