The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reassured fans that the upcoming Champions Trophy tournament that takes place in England from 1 June to 18 June will be safe and secure. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ সমর্থকদের সর্বোচ্চ নিরাপত্তার দিবে আইসিসি]
Ronnie Flanagan, the chairman of the ICC’s anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU), assured the fans that while there will be slight inconvenience considering the additional security that has been put in place, the fans are welcome to the matches and should witness their teams playing without any fear.
“Don’t let the terrorists have their way. In my experience, sport can be a wonderfully positive influence in the face of adversity and in the face of terrorism. We have seen that in South Africa. I saw first hand in Ireland,” said he addressing the mediapersons.
“I have every confidence that we cannot yield in any way to terrorists’ intentions. I would ask the public to be vigilant and the old adage, if they see something, to say something. But come to our matches,” added Flanagan.
Flanagan also stated that sport is a powerful tool to counter terrorism, citing the examples of South Africa and Ireland, while Pakistan also had an incident-free PSL final following the recent Lahore bombing.
“Basically come safe and secure knowledge that we will make this a safe and secure tournament,” he added. “Don’t let the terrorists have their way. In my experience, sport can be a wonderfully positive influence in the face of adversity and in the face of terrorism. We have seen that in South Africa. I saw at first hand in Ireland.”
Twenty-two people were killed and 59 injured, including children, in an explosion at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena last week.
The Champions Trophy runs from June 1-18, with matches set to be played at Edgbaston, Cardiff and The Oval, while England will also host the Women’s World Cup from June 24 to July 23.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com