Aussie Commitment For Pakistani Tour

Written by Fahd Mirza on July 27th, 2007   (160 views)

Australia’s cricket authorities would honour a commitment to tour Pakistan despite Hockey Australia’s decision to pull out of the Champions Trophy for security reasons.

CA’s intention is to fulfill their tour obligations. CA will continue to monitor with the relevant security sources both in Australia and overseas on the day-to-day developments in Pakistan. Australia’s “A” cricket teams and the under-19 are due to tour Pakistan from late August, 2007 to October, 2007 while Ponting’s side will play three Tests and five One-day internationals in March, 2008. It will be Australia’s first Test tour of Pakistan since 1998-99.

The officials of Pakistani hockey declared that Australia, the Olympic hockey champions, had pulled out of the elite six-nation men’s Champions Trophy event in Pakistan in December because of security fears. The move about comes after a wave of attacks by militants and other suicide bombings in Pakistan following an army raid on the Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa in Islamabad earlier this month.

The five-man CA delegation led by operations manager Michael Brown and chief of Australian Cricketers Association Paul Marsh completed an inspection of Pakistan last week. The group received some first-class presentations from the PCB and Pakistan authorities on a wide range of issues including security,

CA feels we are in possession of good information and the most up-to-date information and right now we plan to fulfill our touring obligations with the Australian A team and the under-19 team with a view to Australia touring Pakistan early next year.

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