Thatscricket - News - ATC permission was denied on security grounds
Published: Friday, August 24, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
'Cricket only after ties with Pak are normal'
Post your views
[an error occurred while processing this directive]New Delhi: Concern over security of some of the top cricketers was one of the main reasons behind the government decision not to allow the team to tour Pakistan to participate in the Asian Test Championship, sports ministerUma Bharti said on Friday."Players' safety was the primary concern behind government's decision not to give permission to the team to tour Pakistan," Bharti said."I don't mean to say that our players would not have been provided adequate security in Pakistan. I am sure they would have been... But with Dawood Ibarhim operating from that country and the threat perception looming large over some of the cricketers, the government could not convince itself to allow the team to play ATC matches in Pakistan," she said."We are obviously concerned about our sportspersons," she added.In an earlier decision, the government had said it had no problems in India playing against Pakistan in multilateral tournaments at regular venues and the ban was restricted to bilateral series between the two countries.However, Bharti insisted the decision to pull out from ATC, a multilateral tournament involving Sri Lanka and Bangladesh too, and to be played at venues certified by International Cricket Council, was not a change in government policy.