Oz team to face two-mn dollar fine if it opts out of Pakistan tour

December 21st, 2007 - 3:30 pm ICT by admin  

Lahore, Dec 21 (ANI): Australia is set to face two million-dollar penalty if the team opts out of its tour of Pakistan next year.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that it will not consider staging the series at a neutral venue.
“We are confident that the Australians will come and play here according to the schedule,” the PCBs Chief Operating Officer, Shafqat Naghmi, said.
“Either the series will be played in Pakistan or cancelled, but there will be no neutral venue,” he added.
According to the International Cricket Councils (ICC) Future Tour Programme (FTP), Australia is scheduled to visit Pakistan in March next year for three Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match.
Pakistan is also slated to pay a return visit to Australia in December 2008.
However, the political and social unrest in Pakistan has created anxiety among certain members of the Australian team ahead of the.
The PCB has said that Australia will face a fine of at least Australian two million dollars for not honouring their commitment.
Australias last tour of Pakistan in 2002-03 was also transferred to neutral venues of Colombo and Sharjah due to safety concerns, the Daily Times reported. (ANI)

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