INDIA Assured of Adequate Security during 2019 Men’s WC for Cricket

DUBAI based International Cricket Council has assured India that its security concerns during the Men’s cricket World Cup to be held from May 30 to July 14 will be taken care of. The BCCI had expressed its concern about the safety and security of its players in the wake of the terrorist attack in Pulwama where more than 44 CRPF personnel were killed by a suicide bomber. The matter was placed at the ICC Chief Executives’ Meeting where BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was assured by his ECB counterpart Tom Harrison of all the measures being taken. On the concluding day of the board meeting, CEO David Richardson said: “As you would expect for a global sporting event, the ICC, in partnership with the England Cricket Board has a robust security plan in place for the Men’s Cricket World Cup.”We work closely with the authorities in our host countries to ensure that the safety of players, officials and fans is a priority.”Richardson said that security measures will be upgraded if need arises.”Should those authorities raise the threat level of the event based on intelligence, we will of course uplift our security commitment as appropriate. We will continue to work with the ECB and our Members throughout the build up to and during the tournament to keep everyone abreast of the situation.”However, it has been learnt that there was no discussion on BCCI’s plea to member nations to ostracize “countries from where terrorism emanates”.BCCI didn’t name Pakistan in their letter but ICC had already made it clear that as per norms, there was no question of banning Pakistan. The ICC has meanwhile re-appointed former India captain Anil Kumble as chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee to serve for a final three year term. Additionally, the Board agreed a new composition of the Women’s Committee that provides for a greater strategic focus for the group. The ICC Board was updated on WADA’s concerns in relation to the domestic anti-doping programme in India.The Board unanimously acknowledged its desire to remain WADA compliant and committed to working in partnership with the BCCI, WADA and the India NADA to resolve the outstanding issues as a matter of urgency. The BCCI has already made it clear that they can’t come under the NADA ambit as they are not a National Sports Federation taking grants from the Indian government.Incidetally,the  12th edition of the Cricket World Cup will  be hosted by England and Wales. Detailed time table of ICC World Cup 2019. Also, follow latest news about the tournament. The schedule for a total of ‎48 ODIs has been decided and announced. The BCCI has put the onus on the GOI to decide   whether India should play with Pakistan in the WC on 16/06/2019 at 1500 IST in view of mounting tension between the two neighbouring nations. Former India captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar has said India won’t feel any additional pressure during their marquee encounter against Pakistan at the Cricket World Cup despite the politically charged climate between the two neighbours. Gavaskar’s comments come after several members of the Indian cricket fraternity urged India to boycott the tie against Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.

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