Thakur said he expects the March 19 match to go ahead as scheduled despite the Himachal government stating that it does not want to host the game.

"I am very hopeful (of the match taking place). The meeting (with CM yesterday) was held in a very positive atmosphere. The state government will also try and speak to those (families and few others) who have raised concerns. I am very hopeful of a positive outcome. The state government have to announce that the match is on. From the BCCI's side, the match is on," Thakur said here.
     
Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh had earlier expressed inability to provide security for the marquee clash in the wake of objections raised by the Kangra-based families of martyrs and ex-servicemen, who consider hosting Pakistan as an 'insult' to the soldiers who lost their lives in Pathankot airbase terror attack in January.

World T20 2016: The Dharamsala dispute


The BJP MP further said a decision was taken that any bilateral match between India and Pakistan will not be held in Dharamsala but the World T20 game must take place as the state and country's image is at stake.
      
It was decided (in the meeting) that in case of a bilateral series between India and Pakistan, no matches should be held in Dharamsala. But the venues for the World T20 were decided a year ago and to organise the match elsewhere now is almost impossible. So BCCI and the state government are making best efforts to sort out the issue at the earliest.

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