South Africa, England Reassured Over One Day International Security After Manchester Attack

England and South Africa have received fortitudes over security measures for their ODI series, which starts at Headingley on Wednesday, following Monday’s bombing in Manchester.

 

Twenty-two people were killed, including children, and 59 injured in an blast that took place at the end of a show at the Manchester Arena.

 

The matter is being treated by police as a terror attack, with Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins finally confirming that the suspect died at the scene after latterly detonating an “improvised explosive device”.

 

Both captains Eoin Morgan and AB de Villiers each commented on the incident on Tuesday, ahead of the first One Day International between England and the Proteas, with the home captain confirming his squad had spoken to their highly respected director of security Reg Dickason.

 

“We have a lot of trust in our security. We’re very close to Reg Dickason and we’ve spoken to him this morning,” the England skipper told the BBC’s Test Match Special.

 

“Obviously with the security surrounding the ground, we don’t speak about it in public, but he’s reassured us that everything is OK.”

 

South Africa skipper De Villiers added: “It is really sad and it’s something we spoke about at length at breakfast this morning, so it is definitely in the back of our minds. But it’s important for us to focus on our job at hand.”

 

Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa team manager said: “Make no mistake, our hearts and minds are with the people of Manchester. What happened is totally despicable and abhorrent.

 

“At the same time, some of the players are feeling uneasy. There is genuine concern there, as you can understand.

 

“But I’m happy to say we’ve had constant communication with the ECB’s security department. We’ve been promised - and there are some guarantees in place - that there will be more visible policing.

 

“There will be measures put into place to beef up the security for the events, for the hotels, as well as practices. So we’ve just got to trust the processes and try and get the guys to concentrate on the cricket.” He added.

 

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