Australia may consider not touring Pakistan, says Lehmann

November 26th, 2007 - 6:54 pm ICT by admin  

Sydney, Nov.26 (ANI): Former Australian Test player and president of the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA), Darren Lehmann, has said the team may not tour Pakistan in March next year if their continues to be a security risk in that country.
Lehmann said the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) and Cricket Australia (CA) would be careful about sending their players to the unstable nation.
“The best thing about the ACA and CA is we’re very close, with security to our players being paramount,” Fox Sports quoted Lehmann, as saying.
“So, if there’s any risk at all, then I’m presuming the tour might not go ahead, but not saying it won’t. If security says it’s fine, then we’ll be going,” Lehmann added.
Lehmann also doubted that any individual players would decline to travel based on security or political issues if the governing bodies sign off on the tour, as Stuart MacGill did when he opted out of a tour of strife-torn Zimbabwe in 2004.
“I think Zimbabwe was a different scenario, I see the players for example going with the whole package,” Lehmann said.
“We put everything on the table, and then it’s a group decision from there, and pretty much they’re happy to go with the ACA and CA what we recommend. So, if we say we think it’s safe to go, they’ll go.”
ACA chief executive Paul Marsh is likely to take part in CA’s pre-tour delegation to assess security and amenities in Pakistan in January, with Lehmann saying he would try to avoid making the trip. (ANI)

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