The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Tuesday (May 23), called an emergency meeting following an explosion in Manchester, England. The blast took place late night on Monday (May 22) at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande. The deadly explosion, which is being touted as the worst in Britain in a decade, has killed at least 22 people and injured over 50 others.
And with the Indian team all set to leave for United Kingdom to defend their ICC Champions Trophy title, the Indian cricket board has been forced to arrange the meeting in a haste to discuss on the required security measures. The Virat-Kohli led side will leave for the tournament on Wednesday evening (May 24).
According to reports in ABP, the board meeting, which will take place in BCCI head office in Mumbai, will also be attended by the team manager and all logistics managers. The agenda of the meeting will be to review the complete tour schedule of India, including practice sessions and travel between team hotels to stadium.
Moreover, the board is even more concerned because of the short distance between Manchester and India’s venue for the warm-up games which is London. The defending champions will play New Zealand on May 28 before taking on Bangladesh on May 30 before beginning their title-defence.
Meanwhile, the high-profile clash against Pakistan will also add to BCCI’s worries. India have cut all the bilateral ties with Pakistan in recent times due to escalating political tensions and security concerns and the latest explosion will only give rise to more premonitions.
The tournament will see the top eight teams fighting it out for the coveted trophy. The showpiece event will kick-start on June 1 with hosts England taking on Bangladesh while India will begin their campaign against Pakistan on June 4 at Edgbaston.