Australia almost certain to call off Pakistan tour

February 17th, 2008 - 10:28 pm ICT by admin  

Sydney, Feb 17 (IANS) Australia is almost certain to call off their tour to Pakistan despite the host board’s assurances of foolproof security, according to a media report here Sunday. Cricket Australia (CA) seems certain to reject the tour regardless of the outcome of the election in the Islamic republic, CA sources were quoted as hinting in the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has gone to every length to convince Australia that their players would be safe, but CA’s advice tells them it would be unsafe to visit the volatile nation.

Pakistan has already started to look for a replacement in case Australia pulls out at the last minute. A three-member PCB delegation has visited Colombo to ask Sri Lanka to tour and the request was being considered.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) may have to step in and take a call on behalf of both the countries, which could increase the likelihood of the series being played at a neutral venue, despite Pakistan’s objections.

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