The second Test between India and Pakistan in Kolkata, starting November 30, will not be rescheduled despite widespread violence in the city, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced today. The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has in turn assured adequate security for the teams after a protest by a minority organisation led to riots, prompting the army to take control.
"As far as the BCCI is concerned, the second Test will not be rescheduled," Rajiv Shulka, the BCCI vice-president was quoted in the Times of India. "However, if the staging association (CAB) feels it's not in a position to hold the match, we will take a decision at the right time."
India and Pakistan last met in a Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata during the Asian Test Championship in 1999. However, the match was marred by riots inside the stadium as the spectators started burning newspapers in the stands, hurled stones, fruit and plastic bottles on to the field when India were on the brink of defeat. The match was held up for over three hours as about 65,000 people were removed by police and security men. India fell short by 46 runs chasing 279.