Buchanan believes Australia should tour Pakistan

February 24th, 2008 - 7:58 pm ICT by admin  

Sydney, Feb 24 (IANS) Former Australian coach John Buchanan believes the tour to Pakistan should go ahead to prove terrorists cannot disrupt daily life, the media reported. “I think it is bigger than cricket. Cricket would be the medium by which you can keep making life as normal as possible,” Buchanan was quoted in Sydney Morning Herald.

“I guess that’s a philosophical stance, but my opinion would be definitely to go, not just to Pakistan but if there were similar issues anywhere,” he said.

The Australian government has issued a travel advisory to the cricketers against visiting Pakistan and India.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has warned of a very high threat of terrorist attack, sectarian violence with credible reports indicating that terrorists are in the advanced stage of planning attacks.

Cricket Australia (CA) is preparing for its next government briefing about travelling to the strife-torn nation.

The DFAT report said credible information indicated that consulates and hotels could be targeted in Karachi and Islamabad and “they could occur at any time”.

CA spokesman Peter Young said DFAT’s advice would be crucial in a final decision on Pakistan.

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