International Cricket Council chairman Shashank Manohar has assured the Board of Control for Cricket in India that security will be the top priority for the governing body at the Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.The BCCI had written a letter to the ICC on Friday in which it had expressed concerns over the safety of Indian players, support staff and the fans, among other points, who will be attending the showpiece event in May.Manohar confirmed on Saturday that the ICC has received the Indian cricket board’s letter and in response to it he said that the BCCI will be shown the security plans that are going to be in place for the tournament.”I have received the BCCI’s letter. Security has, and always will be, the top priority of the ICC. When the ICC (board members) meet in Dubai on March 2, we will show the BCCI all the security plans which have been put in place for the World Cup,” Manohar was quoted as saying by Times of India.”They can satisfy themselves over the arrangements for the World Cup. Every board is entitled to do that.”Johri’s letter was mainly sent to the ICC to convey the BCCI’s message that the Indian board was against Pakistan’s participation in the tournament following the terror attacks in Pulwama last week.The BCCI in its letter, urged the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from where “terror emanates”.”The communicatoin is being addressed to voice the BCCI’s concerns and sentiments that have emerged after the recent dastardly terrorist attack which was carried out on Indian soil by a terror outfit based out of Pakistan which resulted in the death of 44 (40) Indian security personnel,” Johri wrote in the letter to ICC.advertisement”In view of the aforesaid terrorist attack, BCCI fears for the safety and security of players and match officials particiapting in upcoming ICC events including ICC Cricket World Cup,” Johri further wrote.The BCCI officials along with the members of the Committee of Administrators met in New Delhi on Friday to decide on the issue of boycotting the World Cup match against Pakistan.They came to the conclusion that the fate of India’s participation in the match will be decided after the board consults with the Indian government after a four-hour long meeting.The BCCI in the meantime, wrote a letter to the ICC urging the cricket community to sever ties with any nation from where terrorism emanates.The Indian cricket board is now looking for ways to isolate Pakistan from the sport following the terrorist attack in Pulwama on February 14 in which the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost 40 soldiers.Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in which a bus filled with the paramilitary troops was blown up by a suicide bomber.Also Read | Virat Kohli on World Cup clash vs Pakistan: We will go by what government and BCCI decideAlso Read | BCCI writes to ICC: Sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanatesAlso Read | ICC warns BCCI: India likely to lose proposal to ban Pakistan from World CupAlso Read | Unfortunate that politics and cricket are mixing: PCB chief Ehsan Mani
Arsenal Mkhitaryan excited by Arsenal link up with ‘assist king’ Ozil Chris Burton 16:30 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Mesut Özil Premier League The Gunners may have lost Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, but they have acquired another creative influence to add to their playmaking ranks Henrikh Mkhitaryan is looking forward to getting started at Arsenal and linking up with “assist king” Mesut Ozil.The Gunners new boy was unable to make his debut during a midweek Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea having already graced the competition with Manchester United this season.He was, however, an interested spectator as Arsene Wenger’s side secured a 2-1 victory over their London rivals to book another day out at Wembley and a shot at major silverware. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While Mkhitaryan will play no part in that quest, he is in a position to aid another push for a top-four finish in the Premier League and is excited about joining the ranks of playmaking talent at Emirates Stadium.He told Arsenal Player: “Here at Arsenal I know that lots of players move a lot and it’s incredible the way [the team] plays. I will do my best to assist them as well.”I think it will be really fun to play alongside Ozil. Everyone knows he’s a fantastic player, he’s an assist king! I look forward to it.”[I admire] his intelligence, the way that he can understand the game, reads the game, plus the way he gives pace to the game and of course his final decision.”World Cup winner Ozil has contributed another six assists to the Arsenal cause this season, having proved to be a reliable source of creativity throughout his time in north London.Mkhitaryan has also shown during his time in England that he can be a useful asset in that department.He provided five assists across all competitions for United last season, as he helped the Red Devils to three trophies, and opened the current campaign with a flurry of six opportunities created for grateful team-mates.With the likes of Ozil and Mkhitaryan at their disposal, Arsenal now need to ensure that they have the necessary firepower to make the most of the chances which come their way.Alexandre Lacazette will be hoping to benefit from a bolstered supply line, while Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another prolific frontman who remains a top target during the current transfer window.