Pakistan on Saturday assured a South African delegation it would provide full security during their cricket team’s tour of the country starting later this month.
South Africa are due to play two Tests and five One-day Internationals in a month-long stay in the violence-hit country. They will open the tour with a warm-up three-day match in Karachi from September 27.
The home secretary of Sindh province Saturday briefed a two-member delegation from the Cricket South Africa (CSA) on the security situation in provincial capital Karachi, officials said. “I have no doubts that Pakistan will provide us with the needed security and, God willing, everything will be alright,” head of the delegation Goolam Raja told reporters.
Raja and CSA member Sean Gallaher are touring Pakistan to assess security arrangements. Raja said a final report on security would be submitted to the CSA. “It is difficult to say about our final assessments now but we will submit a report to CSA and hope everything will be in place for the tour,” said Raja.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) director operations Zakir Khan said he was confident that decision would not affect the cricket tour. “A professional security plan has been put in place for the South Africans and they were briefed. We hope everything will take place accordingly and we hope to have a good cricket series,” said Zakir. The first of two Tests starts here from October 1 and will be followed by the second Test in Lahore and the five one-day matches.
Source:Cricket NewsMore on:CSA, Pakistan, PCB, South Africa, South Africa in Pakistan 2007
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