The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has raised concerns with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as well as the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding security in England during the impending ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in the wake of the terrorist attack and bomb explosion in a live crowd in Manchester.
It has also been learnt that in response to BCCI’s concern, the ECB has assured them of fool-proof security arrangement during the tournament.
“When I woke up, the first thing which I learnt was about these attacks. As soon as I was in the BCCI office we sent out a message raising our concerns about security of the Indian team’s travel, accommodation and the playing (arena). Thankfully ICC has responded to it within two hours. They have been sensitised about our concern,” BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhry said.
“Obviously these attacks are in nature of terrorist attack. This is something which can affect any individual on the planet. The security concerns are that much more intense. These concerns are so overwhelming that the team does not have to come and show its concern. We are all concerned,” he added.
In the meantime, the ICC said, “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the horrific attack in Manchester. The ICC and ECB place safety and security at the ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC Women’s World Cup this summer as the highest priority.
“The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe,” it added.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com