ICC task force to meet top Pak officials on CT security

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Lahore, Aug 8 (UNI) The International Cricket Council (ICC)'s task force will hold meetings with top Pakistani officials on Sunday to reassure security measures taken for next month's Champions Trophy.

The PCB has started lining up meetings for the special task force that would be quite a different one from what was announced by the ICC last month, Board's media chief Mansur Sohail was quoted as saying by 'The News'.

''The task force will be bringing with it a list of security concerns which have been received by the ICC regarding the Champions Trophy in Pakistan,'' Sohail said, adding that the purpose of their trip was to find ways to allay those fears.

Top players of teams - Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa - have raised security concerns about playing in Pakistan.

There are genuine fears that those players might boycott the eight-nation tournament to be played from September 12 to 28.

Now it has to be seen whether the task force would be able to help assuage those fears of the teams.

The task force, which arrives in Islamabad on Sunday will hold meeting with Rehman Malik, Prime Minister's security advisor, who is expected to return home after attending the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics.

The ICC team will also meet with senior officials of the interior ministry and if possible with premier Yousuf Raza Gillani, who will also be attending today's Olympic spectacle. The team will visit the Rawalpindi Stadium, which is one of the venue for the Champions Trophy.

The task force will also visit Karachi and Lahore to meet senior officials of the law-enforcement agencies there besides carrying out an inspection of the National and Gaddafi stadiums.

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