Senior Indian cricketers refuse to tour PakistanNovember 26th, 2008 - 10:53 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) Uncertainity loomed large over India’s tour to Pakistan with media reports claiming that senior players have refused to tour the strife-torn country.Television channels said that captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag were unwilling to travel to Pakistan for the tour scheduled early next year.
The report said the players had conveyed their views to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The BCCI, however, said it had not received any communication from the players.
“We have not received any such communication from the players, that is all I can say,” BCCI’s Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty said.
The tour is doubtful with the government apprehensive of the security of the team. India’s junior hockey team was recently denied clearance by the government to travel for a Test series in Pakistan.
A high-level security team from India will travel to Pakistan to assess the situation before taking a final decision on the Indian cricket team tour, scheduled from Jan 6 to Feb 19.