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Safely for PSL final cannot be guaranteed, claims FICA report

The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations has issued a report which firmly proposes that abroad players decay to take an interest in the 2017 Pakistan Super League Final because of worries over player wellbeing.

In the report, FICA has cautioned that the hazard level in Pakistan stays “at a to a great degree raised state” and that “an adequate level of member security and wellbeing can’t be normal or ensured.”

Coordinators have officially declared that the last will be played in Lahore on March 7, as arranged, whether abroad players partake or not. In the event that they decay to travel, they will be supplanted by players from Pakistan. Every single prior diversion in the competition will be played in the UAE.

Yet, the FICA report would seem to diminish the odds of abroad players taking an interest. While FICA does not have the ability to avoid players voyaging, its report, flowed to players, their operators and player relationship around the globe, may impact some national sheets and residential groups to decay to issue No Objection Certificates to their players.

FICA has likewise cautioned players to “check their protection scope” with the proposal being that it could be discredited by setting out to Pakistan.

“Updated security advice we have received” from its “expert security consultants. Pakistan continues to experience significant terrorist attacks across the country and Westerners have in the past been directly targeted and killed in Pakistan. Indiscriminate and targeted attacks are likely to continue, and expert advice is consistent with all Government Agencies and Diplomatic Missions, who generally advise to reconsider the need to travel.

There have been attacks at sporting events, which have had significant security overlay in the past, and terrorist groups in Pakistan have demonstrated the intent and capability to launch attacks anywhere in the country. Locations including luxury hotels are also at high risk of being targeted by militant groups.

The historic use of suicide bombers, the willingness of terrorist groups to attack armed police and police protected sporting events, the capability of such groups and the intent, suggests that the risk associated with the running of an international sporting event are problematic at present.

Whilst the opportunity for attack on international sporting events and competitors in Pakistan can be mitigated to a certain extent by the implementation of an extremely robust security plan, the current advice is that external security environmental factors keep the risk level in Pakistan at an extremely elevated state, where an acceptable level of participant security and safety cannot be expected or guaranteed, even with an extremely robust security plan. Players participating in this event do so as individuals and at their own risk.”

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