BCCI will be shown security plans for World Cup, says ICC chairman Shashank Manohar

first_imgInternational 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 Manilast_img read more