ISLAMABAD - The sources in District Coordination Officer (DCO) office and other security agencies of Rawalpindi have strongly denied the impression that they have refused to provide security for the upcoming National Twenty20 Super 8 Cricket Tournament to be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium commencing from September 1.

The sources told The Nation that they had actually showed their concerns in the meeting with PCB Director Domestic Cricket Intikhab Alam, but not at any stage, they had shown unwillingness to provide security to the visiting teams, players and spectators. “We are always prepared to lend helping hand to the PCB and would love to provide citizens of twin cities a source of satisfaction and entertainment. Why would we deprive people of watching their favorite players playing in front of them,” they said.

“We will sit and discuss ways and means to provide error-free security to masses and players. There is a high-level meeting expected between PCB and Punjab CM in which things will be cleared. If we are given responsibilities of conducting the event in Rawalpindi, we will be more than ready to perform our duties in a befitting manner,” the sources said.

“There is a possibility that the tournament’s dates may be changed and it can be held after a week’s delay due to uncertain weather. This is the only real issue of worry, otherwise, renovation work in Pindi Stadium is in full swing and the contractors are hired for preparing stands for TV coverage while generators and lights are properly checked.

“Pindi Stadium is all set to conduct the event. Shifting of the event will not only deprive locals of hosting a high-profile event after a long gap, but will also deprive PCB of hefty gate money, as Pindi crowd is well-known for coming in bulks and stadium reaches pack to capacity within no time," the sources concluded.