After the deadly bomb blast at a music concert in Manchester Arena in England, BCCI on Tuesday called an emergency meeting and wrote to International Cricket Council (ICC) expressing concern over the safety of its national players heading into the Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 at the Oval in England.
The Champions Trophy is set to be held across venues in England and Wales. According to sources, the ICC has also expressed concerns over the attack in Manchester.
The blast took place on Monday night during a pop concert performed by American singer Ariana Grande, in which 22 people were killed and about 59 injured.
The Manchester Police confirmed that a lone male suicide bomber was behind Britain’s worst attack in last 10 years. Last England saw such a deadly terror attack was in 2005 on July 7, which killed 52 people after terrorists carried out a series of coordinated suicide bomb attacks in central London targeting civilians using the public transport system during the rush hour.
BCCI sent the letter to the ICC after at least 19 people were killed and 59 wounded in an explosion at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday.
Amitabh Choudhary, acting BCCI Secretary said the ICC responded quickly and stressed there was no change in India’s plans.
“When I woke up, the first thing I learnt was the UK attacks. BCCI sent out a message raising concerns about travel, accommodation and security. Thankfully, ICC responded in two hours and they have been sensitised about our concerns,” he said
“Obviously these attacks being terrorist attacks, can affect any individual on the planet and therefore security concerns are that much more intense.”
Amitabh insisted that there was no change in schedule but the board was concerned nonetheless.
Meanwhile, the high-profile clash against Pakistan will also add to BCCI’s worries. India have cut all bilateral ties with Pakistan in recent times due to escalating political tensions and security concerns and the latest explosion will only give rise to more premonitions.