ICC can't ensure security for 2011 world cup

Published: Sunday, March 8, 2009, 12:40 [IST]
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Cricketers' safety cannot be guaranteed

Sydney: The International Cricket Council has said it can"t guarantee the safety and security of international cricketers in any part of the world following the Lahore terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said on Sunday that the well-orchestrated attacks on the Sri Lanka team"s convoy in Pakistan on last Tuesday had forever changed the sporting world"s landscape.

When asked if the ICC was unable to ensure player security at the 2011 World Cup scheduled for the subcontinent, he replied: “That would be the attitude to any event anywhere in the world."

Lorgat said the ICC will issue a more extensive response to the Lahore attack, in which six police officers and a bus driver were killed and seven players and a coach wounded, most of them not seriously, The Dawn reported.

“We are all aware of how that is likely to change the landscape on security assessments going forward and the kind of threat we might face not just in cricket but in all sports," Lorgat said.

“That"s because, in my view, that is a barrier that has been breached and once you cross over something of that sort, I think things will change forever."

“We will respond in a manner that will be responsible and proper and we have scheduled an agenda item for the board meeting in April, where we would like to fully assess what has transpired and how we will respond," he added.


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