ICC hails U-19 WC as success

Says it was correct to proceed on despite Australia pull out

Staff Correspondent
International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson (L) speaks at a press conference reflecting on the overall success of the just-concluded ICC Under-19 World Cup on Monday. ICC chief Zaheer Abbas (C) and BCB president Nazmul Hasan are seen in the podium. — New Age photo

International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson (L) speaks at a press conference reflecting on the overall success of the just-concluded ICC Under-19 World Cup on Monday. ICC chief Zaheer Abbas (C) and BCB president Nazmul Hasan are seen in the podium. — New Age photo

The International Cricket Council’s chief executive officer David Richardson on Monday said that the organisation was correct to proceed with the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh despite Australia’s pull out from the event.
Australia withdrew their name from the tournament in January citing safety concerns but ICC was
quick to replace them with Ireland and went ahead with the original format of 16 teams.
West Indies beat India by five wickets in the final on Sunday to win their maiden title in the tournament, which went completely incident free amid
unprecedented security measures taken by hosts Bangladesh.
‘I think we’re very pleased with the fact that we made the decision to carry on with the tournament, despite Australia’s decision to withdraw their team,’ Richardson said in the post-tournament press conference in Dhaka.
‘The outcomes and the results show that that was the correct decision.
‘A member country is not entitled to just withdraw from a tournament, it has to be justified. Now, as to whether CA was justified, those questions have already been answered. At this stage, to carry on with the tournament was the correct decision, and we’re pleased with it.’
Richardson added that the ICC cannot force any country to participate in any event like other global bodies.
‘It’s basically a contractual matter. Whether it results in any damage being suffered by any party, that is to be seen,’ he said. ‘We can’t force a particular country into competing. It’s up to them.
‘As I said, it might run the risk of being in breach of a contract, but that’s the decision they need to take.’
While Australia also pulled out of a senior cricket team’s Test tour in October, FIFA ensured Australia men’s football team visit Bangladesh in November for a World Cup 2018 qualifying match.
Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan said the ICC should adopt a standard policy regarding the security issues.
‘I strongly believe we should have a standard of security and if a country meets the standard it should be considered as safe,’ said Nazmul. ‘Anything can happen anywhere in the world. No country is safe nowadays.
‘But we have to ensure that we have done our homework well and we have our security and if any country can provide that it should be okay.’
The Australia pull-out dominated the post-tournament press conference, also   attended by ICC’s honorary president Zaheer Abbas.
Richardson hailed the event as a success saying it was not easy to manage so many things logistically.
‘[I] would like to express our appreciation for the BCB for hosting a very successful event,’ said former South African wicketkeeper Richardson. ‘Whilst the event might not have been of the status of the senior World Cup or the World T20 event, the logistical and operational requirements are the same.
‘In fact, sometimes even more difficult and challenging, bearing in mind the event involved 16 teams, 48 matches and is one of the biggest tournaments that we stage,’ he said.

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