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ICC refuses to guarnty players' safety in Pakistan

Dubai, Jul 21 (UNI) The International Cricket Council (ICC) has shrugged off its hands from the security concerns in Pakistan for the Champions Trophy and has warned the participating teams that their security ''cannot be guaranteed'' in trouble-torn nation during the tournament.

''Cricketers have got concerns because no guarantees, as far as safety and security are concerned, can be given by the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board), the ICC or security consultants,'' ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.

''We can do everything in our power to secure and safeguard officials, but we can never issue guarantees,'' he said.

Lorgat said yesterday's briefing by the ICC's security consultants stressed ''great satisfaction'' about the measures implemented by Pakistan at the recently concluded Asia Cup.

But overcoming the perception of danger will be difficult before the ICC executive board give a definite decision within the next 72 hours on whether to move the event to other country.

''But there are still concerns stemming out of the environmental and external factors ''those issues are largely beyond our control,'' Lorgat said.


Story first published: Monday, July 21, 2008, 13:12 [IST]
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