Fast-track planning tackles urban decay

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War of words continues between PCB, FICA

first_imgTHE war of words continues between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) with the latter defending its decision to warn international players against travelling to Pakistan based on a recent report.Earlier this week FICA circulated a memo to players and players’ associations warning of “an extremely elevated” security threat in Pakistan declaring that “an acceptable level of participant security and safety cannot be expected or guaranteed”.The PCB were quick to issue a report that called the statement “careless and cavalier” and questioned the credibility of the report which it labelled “a sweeping negative statement about the security situation” from “thousands of miles away”.In response to the PCB’s claim about being able to name one credible source, the FICA pointed that advice was received from Eastern Star International (ESI), a firm that has provided advice to the ECB, CA, NZC and the ICC among others and who recently gave the go-ahead for England’s tour of Bangladesh.FICA’s response has come in light of the PCB announcing that the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) would be held in Lahore this year, and the possibility of the West Indies playing a couple of T20 internationals in the country in March. Pakistan has been a no-go for international teams since an attack in 2009 on the Sri Lanka cricket team.The last full member team to tour the region was Zimbabwe in 2015. On that occasion a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device outside the stadium in Lahore ahead of the second ODI series, killing himself and a policeman. (Sportsmax.com)last_img read more