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PCB, WI reject FICA report on security in Pakistan

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and West Indies Board have rejected the report prepared by Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) about lack of security for international players in the country.

FICA on Tuesday issued a report stating that it was dangerous to play international cricket in the Asian country. It had said that Pakistan continues to experience significant terrorist attacks across the country and westerners have in the past been directly targeted and killed in the country.

“Indiscriminate and targeted attacks are likely to continue, and expert advice is consistent with all Government Agencies and Diplomatic Missions, who generally advise to reconsider the need to travel,” the international cricket association said in its report.

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PCB said that the association had done great disservice to the cause of cricket in general and Pakistan cricket in particular by advising players not to play in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Lahore next March because of ‘security reasons’.

“FICA has cited unnamed expert security consultants for updated security advice that claims Pakistan is at an extremely elevated state of insecurity,” the board said in a statement.

Meanwhile, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) also slammed FICA’s report and said that it was sending the team to play in Pakistan.

The WICB said that FICA “sits thousands of miles away from Pakistan and cannot name even one credible security expert, yet makes a sweeping negative statement about the security situation in Lahore.”

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Pakistan to face Afghanistan in their opening match of Under-19 World Cup

DUBAI: Pakistan will face Afghanistan in the first Group D match on the opening day of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the schedule for the upcoming tournament to be held from January 13 to February 3, 2018, in New Zealand.

There are sixteen teams competing in the tournament. West Indies will take on hosts New Zealand in the first match.

The top two sides from each of the four groups will go onto the Super League, whereas the remaining teams will participate in the plate championship.

The 16 teams playing the tournament have been divided into four groups, with the breakup as follows:

Group A

New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa, Kenya

Group B

India, Australia, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea

Group C

England, Bangladesh, Canada, Namibia

Group D

Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Ireland

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Breaching code of conduct: Akmal issued show cause notice for allegations against Arthur

LAHORE: Umar Akmal was issued a show-cause notice today for breaching Code of Conduct after he levelled severe allegations of verbal abuse against the head coach Mickey Arthur.

The show-cause was issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). According to a PCB official, the cricketer has been ordered to file a reply to the notice within seven days.

On Wednesday, the 27-year-old batsman had claimed that the head coach abused him during a net practice at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

“He [Arthur] asked who allowed me to enter the NCA. He told me that it was better that I play club cricket instead of practicing at the NCA,” the cricketer said.

Arthur had denied that he had abused Akmal saying that he will take the latter to the court.

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Death of a cricketer: Don’t forget to wear safety gear!

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MARDAN: Death of 18-year-old cricketer Zubair Ahmed Mohmend on Monday 14th August during net-practice highlights the importance of safety gear as cricket ball could be lethal for the batsman.

Pakistan Cricket Board took to the twitter to emphasize on the necessity of wearing safety gear including helmet. 

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