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ICC World Cup 2019 | We Are Working with Authorities to Increase Vigilance: Richardson

PTI |June 30, 2019, 5:37 PM IST
ICC World Cup 2019 | We Are Working with Authorities to Increase Vigilance: Richardson

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said that the global body is working with the authorities to ensure that there are no further untoward incidents like ones that occured in the clash between Afghanistan and Pakistan fans during an ICC World Cup 2019 match in Leeds on Saturday.

Two people were evicted from the stadium after fans of both countries clashed outside the stadium, requiring intervention from the Yorkshire Police.

This was after an aircraft flew over the Headingly Stadium with a "Free Balochistan" banner.

Balochistan is the largest province in Pakistan in terms of land area and it borders the north of Afghanistan.

Richardson said that ICC is in process of upping the security to ensure no such political slogans are raised at the ground.

"We are working with various security teams to beef up the security. Obviously, it is very difficult to get hold of every person present at the ground. But our security team will be looking for any person, who is trying to raise any political slogan or banner," Richardson told journalists during a brief interaction.

Meanwhile, ICC has asked the curators not to produce batter-friendly tracks.

The tracks on offer in the ongoing World Cup have not exactly been batting belters and that's exactly what the curators were told before the start of the tournament, said Richardson.

English pitches over the years have been traditionally batsmen-friendly with the World Cup hosts producing tall scores but the current edition has seen scores of 265-270 proving to be challenging for the batsmen.

"We didn't have any specific instruction for the curators. All that was told to them was to prepare firm even paced wickets," Richardson said.

"We didn't want it to be exactly batting tracks and there should be something for the bowlers. Also a bit of turn on offer for spinners," said the former Proteas wicketkeeper.

That the wickets are not loaded in favour of batsmen was something that England captain Eoin Morgan and opener Jonny Bairstow acknowledged on various forums.

Asked about the slowish tracks at Southampton and Manchester, where India's batting line-up struggled, Richardson termed it more about weather conditions that led to wickets being a bit slow.

In fact, India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday said that he felt that the track at Manchester started deteriorating as he was batting.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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