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David Morgan & Haroon Lorgat

Haroon Lorgat (right) and ICC president David Morgan will both attend a Cape Town conference

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat has pledged to provide whatever assistance is required by the ECB and the Board of Control for Cricket in India should it be safe for the Test series to proceed.

On behalf of world cricket’s governing body, Lorgat offered his sincerest sympathies to those affected by the atrocities in Mumbai.

Lorgat said: “On behalf of the ICC I would like to offer the condolences and sympathy of the entire cricket world to Mumbai and to India in the wake of the terrible events of the last few days.

“We can be grateful that members of the cricketing fraternity who were in Mumbai when the terrorists struck have all been accounted for, but what has happened goes beyond individuals.

“Many innocent lives have been lost and it has shocked the whole world.

“Sadly, terrorism appears increasingly to be a fact of life that we must endure.

“What we as a cricket family must do is to try, wherever possible, to rise above it and show that those who wish to perpetrate evil cannot win.”

If it is deemed safe for the tour to proceed, Lorgat said a well-attended Test series would undermine those who seek to destroy our way of life.

“If safety and security allow then I would urge the England Test tour of India to go ahead and if it does so then representatives of the ICC will be there to show solidarity with the competing teams,” Lorgat added.

Reg Dickason & Kevin Pietersen

ECB security expert Reg Dickason talks with Kevin Pietersen at England's team hotel in Bhubaneswar

“And if those Tests are played I would also urge supporters of the game to attend them as that will be the best way to send a message to those who seek to disrupt our way of life, that we will not be prevented from doing what we want or what we enjoy.

“I have today written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, pledging whatever support the ICC can offer to help ensure that, if appropriate, cricket goes ahead.

“I have also written to the England and Wales Cricket Board with a similar offer of support and solidarity.”

Lorgat confirmed that a chief executives’ committee meeting attended by representatives of the 10 full members and associate members of the ICC would be held in Cape Town next week to discuss the issue of security.

He added: “At that meeting I intend to raise the question of how we can all come together to address the challenges that the issue of safety and security brings to our game.

“Cricket is a common thread that binds all ICC members and we must seek to ensure those ties endure. By doing so we will ensure our strong sport will grow even stronger.”