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.
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.”