ACC gives green signal to security in Pakistan for Asia Cup

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Lahore, May 27 (UNI) The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has given its thumbs up to the security arrangements in Pakistan for next month's Asia Cup cricket tournament.

''The security arrangements are in place and we are satisfied with the arrangements made by Pakistan. We hope that the event will be held in a befitting manner,'' ACC chief executive Ashraful Huq was quoted as saying by 'The News'.

The ninth edition of the Asia Cup will be held in Pakistan from June 24 to July 6, for which security arrangements were discussed at an ACC meeting held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials made a presentation on the tournament, which will feature India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.

Security has been a great concern in the country for international teams touring Pakistan in recent years.

Australia put off their March-April 2008 tour to the country over security fears amid a series of suicide bombings.

However, security has improved since national elections held on February 18, prompting Australia to reschedule their tour in two phases.

The World Champions will tour Pakistan for a one-day series in 2009 and then for Tests the following year.

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