ICC news March 22, 2014

ICC umpires' safety won't be risked - Richardson


Dave Richardson, the ICC chief executive, has said that the security of neutral umpires employed by them would not be risked under any circumstances. Richardson was speaking on whether Bangladesh's tour of Pakistan - in case the trip is brought up in the near future - would depend on the availability of third-country umpires.

Bangladesh twice put on hold a tour to Pakistan in 2012 citing security reasons. Earlier in the same year when the discussion between the two boards was ongoing, the ICC introduced a "special dispensation" to be made only in "exceptional circumstances" in order to ensure that bilateral series take place even if the ruling body has determined it "unsafe" to appoint its officials for such series. It would allow such series to be manned by "non-neutral match officials", a departure from the ICC's standard playing conditions, pending permission from the ICC's executive board.

"We have our duty of care to our employees and people that are contracted to us," Richardson said in Dhaka. "So we would have to look at the security situation to come to a conclusion. Is it safe to send them there? If it is, we would have no problem sending umpires to Pakistan. If it's not safe, we have a duty of care to them and we'd say no."

The March 2012 directive opened a window for the Bangladesh tour to go ahead, but later it was stopped, first by a court order, and then at the end of the 2012, due to more security concerns.

Richardson said that when the tour was being discussed, unavailability of neutral umpires was not a major factor. "They would have to go to the board and ask for dispensation from the rules regarding appointment of umpires. At the moment our rules for ODIs and Test cricket require the appointment of neutral umpires - ODIs [need] only one but Test cricket requires both to be neutral.

"If there's going to be an exception from that, the board will need to grant it. But that's not to say that they wouldn't. Previously, when Pakistan and Bangladesh were considering a tour, the board had already said that the non-availability of neutral umpires should not be the determining factor as to whether the series takes place or not."

BCB media committee chairman Jalal Yunus said that although Bangladesh were not considering a tour to Pakistan presently, they would consider it once the ICC signals something positive.

"As of now, we don't have a plan to tour Pakistan but if the ICC tells us that it is a safe environment, the BCB will definitely consider it," he said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Dave, you got to be concern 4.5KV terror that prevailed over WC cricketing grounds in Bangladesh. You not only put umpires at risk but you put both teams and all the cricket loving fans at tremendous risk. That is the definition of risk which you nor your working team has provided any solution; maybe you ought to make connection to Almighty Supreme Power before laying out future game. Terrible situation happened, now just get it over with, put back the fun to fun loving cricketing nation; otherwise it boils down to simple discrimination. No matter, what layer of excuse you may put forward.

  • Asif on March 28, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    do we need Bangladesh tour ? i dont think so and we are set to play in UAE and I think we should play there unless the situation is not better here in Pakistan

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    BD sl and india shud support pakistan by sending their teams sothat int cric is brought back to our country

  • Farhan on March 25, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    @immi2711: The quality of the team doesn't matter because at the end of the day value of an innocent life is far more precious than a cricket match however I dont expect a Pakistani to understand that. @Desihungama: I think the definition of better security situation is different to the rest of the world. Everyday there is some sort of security breach happening in Pakistan. Threat from terrorist is still imminent yet to Pakistanis its alright but for the rest of the world it is not. If an International team visit Pakistan Terrorist will try to attack them to attract the world's attention and I dont think Pakistan is enable to provide security. Apart from cricket Pakistan is good at pretty much nothing so rather than asking others to tour you by claiming it is safe sort out your own problem. People will tour. Regardless how you are as a nation you have a great cricket team and people will love to see cricket back at their home

  • Avais on March 24, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    We want, a true International cricket to return to Pakistan and not the team which lost to Afghanistan and Hong kong. We can wait, things will improve and we'll welcome international teams to Pakistan. BD can stay at home, improve your team and make yourself worth competing to Pakistan before expect an invite.

  • ar on March 24, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    As a true fan of cricket I have to say that, the sense of the power of test cricket Bangladesh may be a minnow country but the reality of security condition Pakistan is surely a minnow country.

    Life is more valuable than cricket. When Pakistan is failing to ensure the security of their governor, ministers even,how come they will do it to a foreign team??? We shouldn't forget that the Sri Lanka team was given the same assurance of security then and thereafter what happened is well known to the world.

    In this situation, Bangladesh is out of question even the team like China, Nepal ,Papua New Guiney will not visit to Pakistan.

    It is Pakistan, who made the situation worst so it is their duty make the environment safe again. Hopefully then, the rest of the world will tour you again, not before that.

  • Jawwad on March 24, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    People commenting on Pakistan security situation from ten thousand miles. Wow. How refreshing. I am too but at least I am in touch with reality by visiting the country regularly. Yes, the attack on SL tea was black mark that will never go away but it was primarily due to bickering between two opposite governments who had just tasted democracy and were busy in their shenanigans rather than doing their jobs. That Presidential Security was a joke. Things have changed far far too much since that episode. Don't dignitaries, diplomats and god knows half the western spying personnel live there? Yes, situation at one time was quiet so bad but not so now and I don't see why a team cannot travel there in a confined atmosphere just as they do anywhere in sub continent? Why have Australia refused to travel since 97?

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    Security situation in Lahore is much much better , so I beleive it is quite safe for many teams to come there , we should start with teams like , netherland , Ireland , Zimbabwe , Afghanistan ETC ETC , I beleive if PCB work on it , It can be posible slowly but surely , Good luck Pakistan Cricket

  • iman on March 24, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    AHHHHHH!!!!!! so it has come down to this, that a country like Bangladesh is bitching about security in Pakistan....on another day, Pak would give 2 shits about playing Bangldesh....

    hmmm ... what to do? As a Pakistani....as much as I would like to see foreign teams come to Pakistan.... I still dont think it is the safest place for teams to come.... There are so many bad elements in Pakistan, and government has no control over it.

    @ Ayaz Khan... Karachi is no worst than other cities. wake up idiot...All the bad elements from the rest of the country have been pushed into Karachi...

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Given that the Bangladeshi representative in ICC board promised a tour of Pakistan, Bangladesh should tour Pakistan. If needed, Bangladesh should send their security personnels to secure their team in addition to Pakistani security.

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