ICC assures members for having robust security plan at World Cup
MUMBAI: International Cricket Council has assured its members of a tight security plan for this year’s World Cup in England after Indian Cricket Board sought guarantees from governing body following an attack in occupied Kashmir last month.
BCCI had expressed concern about security during World Cup in a letter to ICC after last month’s attack in disputed region that killed 40 Indian paramilitary troops.
“As you would expect for a global sporting event, ICC, in partnership with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has a robust security plan in place for men’s Cricket World Cup,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said following board meetings in Dubai.
“We work closely with the authorities in our host countries to ensure that safety of players, officials and fans is a priority.
“Should those authorities raise threat level of event based on intelligence, we will of course uplift our security commitment as appropriate.”
“We will continue to work with ECB and our members throughout build up to and during tournament to keep everyone abreast of situation.”
BCCI had urged cricket community to ostracise Pakistan in their letter to the ICC. India is scheduled to play their World Cup match against Pakistan in Manchester on June 16.
Governing Body was also apprised of concerns from World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regarding BCCI’s reluctance to come under ambit of India’s national anti-doping body.
“Board unanimously acknowledged its desire to remain WADA compliant and committed to working in partnership with the BCCI, WADA and India NADA to resolve outstanding issues as a matter of urgency,” ICC statement said.
Former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble was reappointed as head of the ICC Cricket Committee while restrictions imposed on Sri Lanka for alleged government interference in its administration were lifted.