Leeds - South
Africa's team manager said his side had "genuine concerns" about
remaining in England following the deadly terror attack in Manchester,
but there are no immediate plans to return home.
The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the
suicide bomb attack at the end of a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande
at Manchester Arena on Monday that killed 22 people, including
Britain's deadliest terror attack for 12 years took place just two
days before the start of a three-match one-day series between England
and South Africa in the nearby city of Leeds.
It is the first international fixture of a lengthy, three-month tour
for South Africa that includes the June Champions Trophy and subsequent
four-Test series against England.
No major international cricket has taken place in Pakistan since 2009
because of security concerns following an attack, while England one-day
captain Eoin Morgan and opening batsman Alex Hales refused to tour
Bangladesh because of safety fears.
But having received security briefings from the England and Wales
Cricket Board (ECB), whose security advisor Reg Dickason is
well-respected throughout the sport, South Africa team manager Dr
Mohammed Moosajee said his side were happy to remain in England as
"As you can understand we have some genuine concerns, the players are
uneasy... there was a lot of chatter at the breakfast table," Moosajee
told reporters at Leeds's Headingley ground on Tuesday.
"I am happy to say we've had constant communications from the ECB and their security manager.
"There have been guarantees put in place that security arrangements
will be supplemented, starting today. We're told there will be more
visible police at the stadium, at practice sessions as well as the
hotels we will reside at."
Moosajee said the hotel the South Africans are booked in for in
Manchester for the last Test "is literally walking distance from where
events unfolded last night and there has been genuine concern.
"The process has started to make the players reassured that arrangements are in place to keep them safe."
While players had briefly talked about leaving England, Moosajee
stressed: "As things stand there's no mention of us even thinking of
abandoning the tour. If the intelligence information tells us something
else we would obviously have to reconsider."
Champions Trophy tournament director Steve Elworthy was not anticipating any withdrawals.
"We're planning for all eight teams to be here," Elworthy said.
"It's critical and paramount that we deliver a safe, impressive and exciting tournament for everybody involved."