World Cup 2019: No complacency on World Cup safety, says cricket leader Richardson


The deadly New Zealand shootings in which Bangladesh cricketers narrowly averted approach security will stay an “absolute precedence” going into the World Cup, the top of cricket’s governing body said on March 17. Fifty human beings died in attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on March 15, which is believed to be the worst attack on Muslims in the Western united states. Bangladesh’s Test cricketers had been only a few minutes from being stuck up inside the bloodbath, arriving in a bus at one of the mosques as the shooting started. The 1/3 Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand which became because of the start in Wellington on March 16, was canceled, and the team again domestic. Speaking at the sidelines of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Karachi, the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson stated security had to continue to be “an absolute precedence.”

“I do not suppose protection is something new, glaringly something taking place in New Zealand probable took a whole lot of humans through the marvel, and it emphasized the want no longer to be complacent, in particular going into the World Cup,” Richardson stated. The England and Wales Cricket Board will host the World Cup from May 30 to July 14. “I understand the paintings have already been performed by way of the safety director collectively with all of the security corporations within the UK, and they may be leaving no stone unturned,” he added.

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Richardson stated Pakistan had taken “a outstanding leap forward” incorrectly hosting the PSL fits, a decade on from an attack on the Sri Lankan group bus in Lahore, which has seen foreign groups refuse to play inside us over-protection fears. Pakistan has regularly tried to restore international cricket at domestic, having hosted the finals of Pakistan Super League for the final two years and played matches in opposition to a World XI, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies. This 12 months, eight PSL fits have been hosted in Karachi without incident, and Richardson, a former South African participant, said it turned into helping to exchange the picture of Pakistan.

“The belief outside of Pakistan changed into that it became pretty a risky location to visit within the past and that perception slowly however really has been changed,” he said. He stated a current tour by way of 43 overseas gamers, such as former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson and current New Zealand opener Colin Munro, reflected the modifications Pakistan has made. Trust over safety has “elevated tremendously,” he brought. However, remaining month Cricket Australia acted on their authorities’ advice now not to excursion Pakistan, in which no Australian senior crew has performed considering 1998.