Lorgat welcomes England's decision

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat welcomed England's decision to go ahead with the India tour, pending security clearance, saying it was good for cricket.

updated: December 04, 2008 17:12 IST
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International Cricket Council's Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat on Thursday welcomed England's decision to go ahead with the tour of India, pending security clearance, saying it was good for world cricket.

"It is very important for world cricket that England does tour India. We have to do everything to ensure that the tour proceeds with the security measures in place," Lorgat said.

"But at the same time, we can't be foolish and that is why it is important that the necessary security measures are in place. It's very good for cricket that England have risen above the events of the past week because of the security measures that have been promised," he told a cricket website.

Lorgat said that security would be an important item on the agenda during the ICC's chief executives' meeting in Cape Town on Monday.

"We must do everything possible to play the game without taking risks that cannot be managed. All of us would need to put our heads together to come up with a collective and coordinated approach in responding to global terrorism.

"Of course, I'm no expert in this area and we must all join hands in tackling this problem with experts and governments supporting us," he said.

Asked about a letter sent by Vince van der Bijl, the ICC's umpires' and referees' manager, to the Indian board asking for similar security to ICC match officials as the players, Lorgat said, "Everyone is an important participant in the Test match and must be accorded similar security measures as the player."