PCB wants security assurance from India

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shahryar Khan, speaks during a press conference in Lahore, Pakistan , Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The PCB welcomed the shift of venue but said it was expecting more assurances before letting its team depart for the tournament. (AP Photo/K.M. Chuadary)

ISLAMABAD (AP) The Pakistan Cricket Board wants security assurance from India before it allows the team to travel to the World Twenty20 with its first group match at Kolkata scheduled for next Wednesday.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan briefed the team players and officials in Lahore on Thursday and was hopeful the Indian government will publicly announce Pakistan team's safety during the tournament.

Khan told the players the team's departure will only be possible once India gives security assurance and the government of Pakistan also clears the tour.

The ICC has already moved Pakistan's group match against hosts India to Kolkata on March 19 due to security concerns around playing in the hill city of Dharamsala.