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ECB security team satisfied with security arrangements in Pakistan

A four-man delegation from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) left Pakistan after expressing satisfaction with arrangements, including security, in the country.

LAHORE (Reuters) – An England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) security team has described arrangements in Pakistan as “satisfactory” after visiting venues in Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Islamabad, sources said on Saturday.

A security delegation from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) together with representatives from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) visited the headquarters of the Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA), Qurban Lines, here on Thursday to assess the provisions of safety for England’s next round trip through Pakistan.

The delegation reviewed the arrangements for visiting the host site in four cities – Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Islamabad. Airports, circuits and stadiums were visited by the delegation during their week-long visit. They were also briefed by high-ranking government institutions and PCB officials.

The delegation will now submit a report to the ECB and the schedule for the T20I series with seven games in September and the Test series after the T20 World Cup will be finalised.

The official announcement is expected in the second week of August, sources said, the T20 series matches will be played in Lahore and Karachi, and testing will be held at three venues. It is very likely that a match will be played in Multan.

The team also inspected the routes that would be adopted for the team’s journey to and from the stadium to the hotel. The English security team also met with senior Punjab police and security officials.

The security team was briefed on the security situation and precautions under the Safe City project.
The England squad have also been made aware of police precautions regarding airport and stadium routes, hotels and car parks.

The delegation also viewed videos of the security provided to teams visiting Pakistan.

Information on the use of modern technologies and cooperation between law enforcement agencies was also exchanged. The four-person delegation also inspected the facilities of NHPC Lahore.