Oz PM Rudd ‘won’t interfere’ with Oz tour of Pakistan

December 27th, 2007 - 3:50 pm ICT by admin  

Melbourne, Dec.27 (ANI): Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has said that he will not be stepping in to stop the Australian cricket team’s planned tour of Pakistan.
The Australians are scheduled to play matches in Pakistan in March, but some of the players have reportedly expressed their reservations about undertaking the tour due to the unstable political situation and recent bombings.
During a brief appearance on ABC Radio’s coverage of the first Test against India today, Mr Rudd said cricket was a diplomatic tool that could be used to improve relations between countries.
While acknowledging the potential dangers in Pakistan, the prime minister was reluctant to interfere in the decisions of Cricket Australia.
“I think we’ll sort that all out with Cricket Australia as the time approaches. It’s always hard, it’s always difficult, but (cricket) is a great international game, it’s a great language of international diplomacy,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Rudd, as saying.
“Sport should be able to conduct its own business. I’m not into getting in the road of the game unnecessarily,” he added.
Rudd acknowledged the internal security situation in Pakistan was increasingly “vexed” after recent bomb blasts.
“Security … is the foremost concern which many of us have for the Australian team abroad and Pakistan’s got some challenges, real challenges, at the moment,” he said. (ANI)

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