Venue shift a dangerous precedent: Alam

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi: Former Pakistan cricket captain and coach Intikhab Alam on Wednesday described as a dangerous precedent the decision to shift its home series against the West Indies to the Gulf venue of Sharjah due to security concerns.

"It's very unfortunate that the West Indies has declined to play in Pakistan and the home series was shifted to Sharjah," former skipper and coach Intikhab Alam said. Such a "precedent" was dangerous and should not be repeated, he said. The series was shifted to Sharjah after the West Indies declined to play in Pakistan because of security concerns in the wake of rising tensions with neighbouring India. "They are no more the mighty West Indies and are against one of the best sides in the world and they should have played here," Alam said. Another former captain, Zaheer Abbas, said the West Indian fears were unfounded. "There was no logic behind the West Indies decision not to play here as the protection of the players has always been the responsibility of the host and Pakistan was ready and capable to provide all security," he said. It would be only the third time a Test series has been played on neutral territory. South Africa and Australia played in England in 1911 while Pakistan and Sri Lanka played the final of the 1999 Asian Test championship in Dhaka. West Indies last toured Pakistan in 1997, losing all three Tests.

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