CA security expert arrives in Pakistan

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Cricket Australia expert arrived on Saturday to access the security situation ahead of the Champions Trophy to be hosted by the country in September.

Updated: July 02, 2008 17:27 IST
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Cricket Australia-appointed independent expert Reg Dickason arrived on Saturday to access the security situation ahead of the Champions Trophy to be hosted by the country in September.

Dickason has been sent to the strife-torn nation on an inspection tour after some Australian and New Zealand players expressed reservations about playing the biennial tournament because of the security situation in Pakistan.

Dickason is no stranger to Pakistan, having come here before with different touring teams including Australia in 1998.

His visit comes a few weeks after the International Cricket Council had sent a strong delegation here to inspect the security arrangements and other preparations.

Four experts of the ICC are monitoring the security cover for the ongoing Asia Cup tournament. The delegation, including security experts, visited the Champions Trophy venues and also met with the top security and interior ministry officials who briefed them in detail on the security plans for the tournament due to start from September 11.

The ICC security experts are in Pakistan as part of a series of recommendations made by the world body delegation.

The ICC delegation had recommended that a security firm be hired and sent to the troubled nation to monitor the security arrangements for the Asia Cup and to ensure all recommendations were implemented by the local security officials and board.

"The ICC experts are observing the Asia Cup as a dress rehearsal for the Champions Trophy and to monitor how things go," a board official said.

Meanwhile, a spokesman of the ICC said it was aware that CA had sent its consultant to Pakistan. "Any full member country can also have its own independent person gather relevant information. We have no objection to that," he stated.

The Champions Trophy is high on the agenda of the ICC executive board meeting in Dubai on Sunday.

The spokesman said the ICC board agenda included discussions on the playing conditions for the tournament but if any full member had any other issues the board forum is the right place to discuss it.

He added as of now the Champions Trophy would be held in Pakistan in the scheduled date.

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