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ICC reluctant to guarantee player safety for 2011 World Cup

The International Cricket Council today refused to guarantee the safety and security of players anywhere in the world in the aftermath of the terror attacks on Sri Lankan team in Lahore.

cricket Updated: Mar 08, 2009 15:29 IST

The International Cricket Council on Sunday refused to guarantee the safety and security of players anywhere in the world in the aftermath of the terror attacks on Sri Lankan team in Lahore.

Asked if the ICC could ensure player security at the 2011 World Cup to be held in the Indian subcontinent, Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat told reporters in Sydney “that would be the attitude to any event anywhere in the world”.

Lorgat said the terror attack in Pakistan on Tuesday would forever change the sporting world’s landscape.

“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,” he 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,” he added.

Lorgat said the ICC would issue a detailed report on the Lahore attacks following next month’s ICC Board meeting.

“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.

“It is a very complex issue and we must respond and we will respond,” he said.