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Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA) on Wednesday responded to Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) statement and said it did not advise players against participating in Pakistan Super League (PSL) final proposed to be played in Lahore.

PCB on Tuesday had criticised FICA for its alleged “careless and cavalier approach” to security issues relating to playing of the PSL final in Lahore, and stated that FICA has done great disservice to the cause of cricket in general and to Pakistan cricket.

FICA said it relied on advice given by highly credible specialist security consultants, Eastern Star International (ESI), in relation to security risks to players and teams who may contemplate playing in what may be considered high-risk cricket environments.

“ESI has supplied security services over several years to a number of cricket boards and international teams around the world and to the International Cricket Council (ICC),” FICA said.

FICA had obtained advice from the ESI related to security risks to cricketers playing in the PSL final.

FICA's memorandum to players and player agents accordingly did not advise players not to participate in the PSL final in Lahore, but informed players that they should do at their own risk and that players should check any insurance cover that may apply.

“Players around the world from affiliated countries have always looked to FICA to provide them with information relating to security risks of playing in various parts of the world”, Tony Irish, FICA's Executive Chairman said.

“It is our responsibility to provide this information, which we obtain from highly credible security experts, so that players can make informed decisions.”

“We have great sympathy for fans and players in Pakistan who have not been able to consistently watch international teams and high quality foreign players playing cricket in their country for several years," he said.

"FICA has no vested interest in this matter and is completely independent of the PSL. We consider the PSL a good opportunity for players and we would like to see it succeed. However the safety and security of players is, and will continue to be, a high priority matter for FICA."

Comments (14) Closed

Dilip Thorat Jan 12, 2017 12:12am

Like always, this time conspiracy by FICA. May be Sri Lankan attack was done by FICA. How is this new propaganda?

SaraH Jan 12, 2017 12:20am

There should be no cricket in India and Bangladesh too, if we go by the logic of FICA and no sporting activities in European Union.

RIZ Jan 12, 2017 01:49am

I would love to see foreign players playing in Pakistan in PSL final and once this will be done successfully will FICA president resign from his post.

Zubair Jan 12, 2017 02:38am

Why I am not surprised that a UAE based company, probably owned by Indians and emaratis gave the report to FICA. UAE don't have cricket so they have interest in keeping Pakistani team in Dubai.

Dr. Salaria, aamir Ahmad Jan 12, 2017 02:58am

What a serious joke? They are famous for taking U-turns for their vested interests.

sah1990 Jan 12, 2017 05:51am

To take up the matter with FICA there need to be a good government team specially working for this. The PCB is being run hopelessly. Need to give a second thought on allmatters inside PCB.

Iqbal Ali Jan 12, 2017 07:42am

Now accuse FICA. Everyone other than PCB is always wrong!!

Sammy Jan 12, 2017 09:07am

Well the company they are referring to has no information regarding its 'audits' that it conducts. The last on-ground audit they did in Pakistan was in 2008 and too was sponsored by ICC (I doubt FICA can afford their services). Thanks FICA for misleading everyone with your extraordinarily outdated security update and I hope PCB requests a copy of this 'report' and makes the reports methodology public!

Zakfan Jan 12, 2017 10:35am

The "movers and shakers" of PSL should understand that FICA did not prevent anyone from playing, but only cautioned them to take informed decisions based on available information on security situation.

Krishnan Jan 12, 2017 01:49pm

@Sammy has the situation improved after 2008?

Dr. SalariA, Aamir Ahmad Jan 12, 2017 04:02pm

Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA) must be renamed as "fake" wit immediate effect due to its dubious, unfair, discriminating and biased operational behavior and outlook especially when it comes to Asian countries.

Parvez Iftikhar Jan 12, 2017 04:32pm

@Krishnan at least a hundred times!

muhammad Jan 13, 2017 01:29am

@Krishnan It has improved many times esp after the military operation . Pakistan did hosted matches with Zimbabwe and Kenya in Pakistan and all went well. More drama happned in india when some states refused Pakistan to play in their states, what do u have o say abt that?

AMAN Jan 14, 2017 08:39pm

@muhammad Our petty politicians playing politics during election times cannot be equated with our entire country being unsafe. I don't want to comment on your countries security status. Keep persuading the foreign teams, we too want to see international cricket being played on your soil. Good luck