Security expert arrives in Pakistan

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Karachi, Jun 28 (UNI) In order to inspect the security situation in Pakistan ahead of the Champions Trophy, consultant Reg Dickason arrived here today on behalf of Cricket boards of Australia, England and New Zealand.

Dickason's arrival here was a result of constant reluctance by some of the Australian and New Zealand players who refused to participate in the Champions Trophy in wake of the security fears that have been howling the nation for quite some time now.

However, it was not the first time that Dickason has come here as he has been to Pakistan with different touring teams including Australia in 1998.

While the ICC had sent its inspection team a few weeks ago, Cricket Australia (CA) was not satisfied with the governing body's words and wanted to have their own assessment about the security arrangements in Pakistan.

A four-member ICC security expert team is in Pakistan as part of a series of recommendations made by the world body delegation and are keeping a close watch on the ongoing Asia Cup which will serve them as a good indication for the biennial tournament.

''The ICC experts are observing the Asia Cup as a dress rehearsal for the Champions Trophy and to monitor how things go,'' a board official said.

Earlier, the ICC delegation had recommended for a security firm which would be sent to the strife-torn nation so as to monitor the arrangements for the Asia Cup.

An ICC spokesman confirmed that the governing body was aware that the CA had sent its security expert to Pakistan.

''Any full member country can also have its own independent person gather relevant information. We have no objection to that,'' he stated.

Along with Zimbabwe, the Champions Trophy would be an important issue in the ICC executive board meeting in Dubai tomorrow.

But the ICC official made it clear that as per the current situation, the Champions Trophy would be held in Pakistan as scheduled.


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