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ICC World Twenty20: Madness in Kolkata ahead of Pakistan's arrival, says Sourav Ganguly

Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly said he was always hopeful that Pakistan would finally come to India to play in the ICC World Twenty20.

Former India captain and Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly said he was delighted that Pakistan were finally coming to Kolkata for the ICC World Twenty20 and said that the city was gripped with cricketing frenzy in anticipation of the India-Pakistan clash on March 19.

The marquee clash was moved out of Dharamsala to the iconic Eden Gardens after a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) team found security arrangements in the hill city inadequate. There was further suspense on Pakistan's participation in the World T20 after their Interior Minister stopped the teams from travelling to India unless New Delhi gave a written assurance on security. (Also read: Pakistan didn't need written assurance after Rajnath Singh's statement: Shaharyar Khan)

But the Pakistan government relented after several diplomatic interventions in New Delhi and Islamabad.

Ganguly credited PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan for the successful resolution of the stand-off. (World T20: Pakistan's warm-up match against Bengal cancelled)

"I didn't expect the India-Pakistan game to go out of Kolkata and India with Mr Shaharyar Khan in-charge. I am very happy to see him in India. I've known him for so many years now. He is the right man to be at the helm of Pakistani cricket," Ganguly told Sports Today.

However, Ganguly said there was madness in Kolkata ahead of the March 19 face-off and he hoped Khan had given his players some good pep-talk to match up to a strong Indian unit.

"I hope he (Shaharyar) has given his team some good pep-talk because they have to be at the top of their game to beat a wonderful Indian team.

"We have seen some outstanding Pakistani teams in the past. Some of those teams were just unbelievable. It is already madness in Kolkata before they have arrived. It is the effect of some of the terrific Pakistani teams in the past," Ganguly said.

Pakistan are expected to arrive in Kolkata by tomorrow. Their first warm-up match against Bengal has been cancelled but they will face Sri Lanka in the second warm-up scheduled on Monday. Pakistan's World T20 campaign starts Wednesday with a match against one of the qualifiers.

There are reports that former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan will be present at the Eden Gardens to watch the high-profile match.

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