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The International Cricket Council (ICC) have confirmed that they will be reviewing security measures for the Champions Trophy and Women’s World Cup following the terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night.
The incident, which is understood to be a suicide bombing carried out by Islamic State, occurred at 10.30pm towards the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande and has left 22 people dead and 59 injured.
The Champions Trophy will get underway on June 1, but none of the matches will be held in Manchester as all games will either be played at The Oval in London, Edgbaston in Birmingham or the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff.
Following the Champions Trophy, England will host the Women’s World Cup, which begins on June 24.
Like the Champions Trophy, Manchester will not host any matches as they will all be played at venues in Derby, Leicester, Bristol and Taunton. The final, however, will be held at Lord’s on July 23.
“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the horrific attack in Manchester,” the ICC said in a statement. “The ICC and ECB place safety and security at the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup this summer as the highest priority.
“We operate on advice from our Tournament Security Directorate – in conjunction with the ECB and relevant authorities – to ensure that we have a robust safety and security plan for both tournaments. We will continue to work with authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels.
“The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe. We do not disclose our security details as a matter of policy.”