Cricket Australia awaits security report on Pakistan

July 13th, 2008 - 8:53 pm ICT by IANS  


Melbourne, July 13 (IANS) Cricket Australia (CA) is not ready to go by the version of the players, who are refusing to tour Pakistan for the Champions Trophy is September, and is ready to wait and see how security situation improves in the strife-torn Asian country. The participating countries were briefed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) that some areas of concern in security arrangements for the recently concluded Asia Cup were still considered by organisers as a rehearsal for the Champions Trophy.

“We have a high level of confidence in the consultants that have been engaged to work with ICC and the authorities in Pakistan. Now it is a matter of getting a better understanding in the coming couple of weeks from those consultants of how successful that implementation has been,” CA chief executive James Sutherland was quoted as saying by The Age.

Some of the senior Australian cricketers like Andrew Symonds have made it clear that they don’t want to risk their lives by touring Pakistan and the security advice in the coming weeks is unlikely to change their minds. But some junior players like Shane Watson and Nathan Hauritz are ready to tour the Asian country.

Australia does not have to name its final squad of 15 until August 11, by which time it expects to have a much clearer security picture.

“We’re more interested in … understanding the security issues and concerns and about whether the tournament will go ahead. Then we get down to the decision for us as to whether we’re comfortable,” Sutherland said.

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