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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Chappell fears Pak cricket could become collateral damage

Published: Monday, November 5, 2001, 20:50 [IST]
 
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Sydney: Former Australian Test captain Ian Chappell believes security fears arising from the US-led military action in Afghanistan could devastate cricket in Pakistan.[an error occurred while processing this directive]He said on Monday Pakistan was certain to be starved of Test and One-day internationals as long as bombs were falling across the border with Australia unlikely to play a three-Test series there next August."Who knows when you're going to be able to play there again? The last thing that world cricket needs is for Pakistan to start going down the mine," he said."They've obviously got some financial problems already and if you can't play cricket there for a while, you've got two more major problems."One, they've got to find a way to get some finance into the game but two, if the public aren't seeing cricket there for a long period then the game starts to wane."I think that's a major, major problem for the administrators and I'd be worried like hell ... almost as much about that as I would be about match-fixing."At a meeting of Test-playing nations in Kuala Lumpur last month, the international cricket council (ICC) agreed to let countries play Pakistan on neutral grounds because of continuing hostilities resulting from the terrorist attacks of September 11."It's safe to play cricket in Pakistan but if outside perception is that it is not then we have to find an alternative venue," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman General Tauqir Zia said.New Zealand cancelled their tour in September and October before the PCB tried and failed to lure Sri Lanka for three One-day matches.Those cancellations, coupled with India's decision not to tour in January because of hostilities between the countries over the disputed state of Kashmir, cost the PCB about $ 25 million in lost television and advertising revenue.Sharjah and Dhaka already meet International Cricket Council standards to host Test matches and will come into consideration as venues for the Australia-Pakistan series.

AFP
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