Australia's chances of Pak tour improve

Published: Friday, December 7, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: Australia's chances of touring Pakistan next year have improved with news that the country is safe to play international cricket again.
Pakistan Cricket Board boss General Tauqir Zia has given the green light to a series against the West Indies, which has agreed to tour in February. Pakistan's international schedule has been hit for a six since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States and the subsequent US response on neighbouring Afghanistan. New Zealand cancelled its planned tour of Pakistan mid-September, saying it feared for the safety of its players, while a Pakistani suggestion for a short One-day series against Sri Lanka failed to materialise. Neutral venues in Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco had been suggested as venues for Australia's series next September, but the West Indies' six- week trip is expected to reveal whether safety concerns are legitimate. "We've agreed to go and nothing has changed in that regard," said a spokesman for the Australian Cricket Board on Friday. Any speculation to the contrary is wrong."

PCB confirms West Indies tour in March 2002
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