David Richardson is Clear About 2019 World Cup Security in England
Following the massacre at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday (March 15), the world cricket governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson said the Board won’t show any complacency whatsoever on the security grid, for the upcoming 2019 World Cup scheduled in England.
While briefing the media gathering in Karachi, Richardson has categorically maintained that it’s the security apparatus that will remain their prime focus for the ODI showpiece, in particular.
“I don’t think security is anything new. Obviously, something happening in New Zealand probably took a lot of people by surprise. It has emphasised the need not to be complacent, especially going into the World Cup,” AFP quoted Richardson as saying
As many as fifty worshippers died in two different attacks which have left many anguished including the cricketing fraternity.
Moreover, Bangladesh cricketers had a narrow escape during the mass shooting in New Zealand. The Tigers players were a couple of minutes away from being caught up in the bloodbath.
However, the concerned authorities have called off the third and final Test in the wake-up of a deadly shooting. On the very next day, Bangladesh cricketers flew home after trailing the Test series 0-2.
Meanwhile, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will host the 12th edition of the quadrennial event between May 30 and July 14.
England is ready for the challenge:
During his press conference on the sidelines of Pakistan Super League (PSL) finale, held at the National Stadium in Karachi, Richardson believes the rampage in New Zealand has taken many by surprise. He reiterated that England will try every possible way to keep things smooth for the mega event.
“I know the work has already been done by the security director together with all the security agencies in the UK and they are leaving no stone unturned,” Richardson added.
Richardson has also praised Pakistan for taking a major step in the restoration of cricket back in the cricket frenzy nation.
Pertinently, back in 2009 cricket took a severe hit when Sri Lankan team bus came under attack in Lahore.
He cited that it’s indeed exciting to see PSL games taking place in Pakistan, that too, in front of the jam-packed crowd.
Furthermore, Pakistan has hosted last two PSL finals apart from a series against World XI.
Overall, Richardson believes PSL has helped Pakistan in changing the perceptions. He added the organizers had done a commendable job to keep things up to the mark.
“The perception outside of Pakistan was that it was quite a dangerous place to visit in the past and that perception slowly but surely has been changed,” Richardson inferred.
In the fourth edition of PSL, Pakistan has hosted as many as eight games including the finale.
This year, around 43 foreign cricketers partook in the PSL. It’s the clear indication of things have changed on the basis of security arrangements.
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