The International Cricket Council (ICC) have voiced their concerns regarding the Champions Trophy and Women’s World Cup security after a terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night that claimed at least 22 lives and wounded dozens.
In a statement issued in the wake of the incident, which police believe to have been a suicide attack, the ICC reiterated their commitment to security and said it will reassess its security measures with the help of authorities.
“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the horrific attack in Manchester,” the ICC press release said. “The ICC and ECB place safety and security at the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup this summer as the highest priority.”
“We operate on advice from our Tournament Security Directorate – in conjunction with the ECB and relevant authorities – to ensure that we have a robust safety and security plan for both tournaments. We will continue to work with authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels.”
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“The security situation has been very much front and center of our preparations and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe.”
The security situation in Britain remains at its second-highest alert level of “severe”, meaning a likelihood of another attack by terrorists is very high. British police have said that they are making an arrest every day on average in connection with terrorism.
The Champions Trophy, which is scheduled to get underway on June 1, will be taking place in London, Birmingham and Cardiff, while the Women’s World Cup will be played from June 24 to July 23, at venues in Derby, Leicester, Bristol, Taunton and Lords.