WC 2003 - ICC panel to visit Kenya, address security concerns

Published: Friday, January 10, 2003, 18:00 [IST]
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London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that a safety and security delegation would visit Kenya for inspection of the security arrangements and preparations ahead of the ICC World Cup 2003. The delegation will arrive in Kenya on January 13 to begin a two-day review of security arrangements for teams scheduled to play in Kenya during the World Cup to ensure that any real or perceived security concerns held by the countries playing in Kenya are identified and addressed, the ICC said in a press release on Thursday. Kenya is scheduled to play two World Cup games at the Gymkhana Club in Nairobi on February 21 and 24 against New Zealand and Sri Lanka respectively.The ICC delegation will include Anura Tennekoon, chief executive of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka, Jeff Crowe, New Zealand Cricket team manager, Reg Dickason, security advisor for New Zealand Cricket, Jimmy Rayani, chairman of the Kenya Cricket Association, Richard Bevan,joint chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers Associations.The delegation will also be accompanied by security experts and representatives of commercial partners and the Anti-Corruption Unit, it added. ICC president Malcolm Gray stressed that the only issues to be considered by the delegation would be the security and safety of the ICC's stakeholders in Kenya. "The ICC and its members are only concerned with cricket related issues," Gray said. "Questions have been raised about the safety and security of Kenya following the terrorist attacks on November 28, 2002 in Mombasa and it is important that we address those concerns. "There are two ICC Cricket World Cup matches scheduled for Nairobi. The ICC delegation will be seeking assurances on the safety and security of all stakeholders in connection with these matches." The delegation will also meet officials from Kenyan government, Kenyan cricket and High Commission officials responsible for New Zealand and Sri Lanka, police and security forces in charge of safety and security arrangements.Following the visit the delegation will prepare a report for consideration by the IDI Board, which will decide on the appropriate course of action in relation to those matches scheduled for Kenya. PTI

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