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PCB has raised security issues regarding ICC trophy, but stopped short of identifying them.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2006 21:44 IST

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has raised some security issues with regard to next month's Champions Trophy tournament, but a senior official stopped short of identifying these concerns.

The PCB will take up the matter with its Indian counterpart over a specially arranged teleconference on Friday, a PCB official said.

The teleconference would also feature officials of the South Africa cricket boards and the security consultant of the International Cricket Council.

"We want some issues resolved and for this purpose the teleconference is being held. The issues came up for discussion during the meeting of the chief executives of member boards of the ICC in Dubai," the official said.

He said the Indian board and ICC had decided to have a close protection officer (CPO) with each team in the Champions Trophy which is the second biggest tournament after the World Cup.

The Champions Trophy starts from Oct 7 with the qualifying rounds while the final rounds begin from the 16th.

Pakistan is playing directly in the main rounds.

"The CPO will be directly responsible for coordinating all security arrangements for the team he is responsible for with the local authorities," the official stated.

He confirmed the South Africans also had some issues in mind with reference to some of their players.

"The Indians and ICC have prepared a tight security plan for the tournament with the security consultants having a lead role in the preparations," he said.

Other sources said Pakistan's concerns were based on their previous visits to India this year.

The Pakistan team made a full tour of India earlier this year without any problems while the Sialkot team is also presently in Dharamsala to play the four-day challenge match against Uttar Pradesh from Wednesday.

First Published: Sep 27, 2006 12:19 IST