Last Update on: February 27th, 2019 at 01:30 pm
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has assured the Board of Control for Cricket in India the full security for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales. The Indian board had raised concerns over the security after the Pulwama attacks on 14th February. At the ICC’s Chief Executive Meeting, BCCI’s CEO Rahul Johri expressed concerns over the matter in Dubai.
The World Cup will commence on 30th May with the first match to take place between hosts England and South Africa. India-Pakistan encounter which is set to take place at Manchester on 16 June, is also in jeopardy.
ICC will do everything to make sure security is tight.
“On behalf of the BCCI, Rahul Johri raised concerns for the safety and security of the Indian team, match officials and the Indian Fans, at the CEC Meeting,” a senior BCCI official, privy to the development, said as per PTI.
The ICC CEO David Richardson has assured that they will do everything to make sure that the players are secured. Subsequently, Rahul Johri has shown the belief in Richardson’s words.
“The ICC CEO David Richardson assured the BCCI that the ICC will ensure that everything is done to address the concerns raised,” the official said.
In fact, the discussion on security was not part of the initial agenda. However, on the insistence of BCCI, ICC decided to include the same in the meeting.
India-Pakistan match is unlikely at present situation.
Meanwhile, former players like Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh has urged the BCCI to forfeit the World Cup match against Pakistan. More than 40 CRPF had martyred after a suicide bomber crashed into the convoy on 14th February.
Consequently, BCCI and the Indian government will take the final decision to play Pakistan in the ODI showpiece. BCCI has confirmed that it will abide by the decision which will be taken by the Indian government. However, keeping in mind the present tensed situation the match between the arch-rivals looks unlikely.