Malik urges top cricketers not to boycott Champions Trophy

July 29th, 2008 - 9:08 pm ICT by IANS  

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Karachi, July 29 (IANS) Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik Tuesday called upon the world’s top cricketers not to boycott the Champions Trophy and visit the country without any security fears. Malik said the cricketers will be treated like royal guests at the eight-nation tournament to be held September 11-28 here.

“I hope that better sense will prevail and all top cricketers will play in the Champions Trophy,” said Malik.

Malik said that players should not worry about their safety in a country which has a great passion for cricket.

Top cricketers like Australia’s Andrew Symonds, England’s Kevin Pietersen, New Zealand’s Jacob Oram and South Africa’s Graeme Smith have raised security concerns about the tour to Pakistan even as International Cricket Council has backed Pakistan to host the tournament. Such fears have put the tournament under a cloud.

The Pakistan captain said his country would do everything possible to assuage those fears.

Malik Tuesday joined international sports stars Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and Thierry Henry as a Gillette Champion at a ceremony held at a local hotel here.

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