Steve to back Aussie Board on Pak tour decision

Published: Monday, May 20, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: Australian Test captain Steve Waugh says he is willing to tour Pakistan but won't raise the issue when he meets the Australian Cricket Board to discuss his contract on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old said if the ACB asked him to go to troubled Pakistan he would. The question would then be what sort of side Waugh would lead. His brother Mark as well as teammates Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and vice-captain Adam Gilchrist have all expressed grave reservations about touring Pakistan. Their reluctance to travel will probably force the ACB to rearrange its second successive series after it aborted the recent trip of Zimbabwe because of security concerns following national elections. There has been speculation the series could be played at a neutral venue in the Middle East or north Africa. Sharjah offered on Monday to host a Test series between Australia and Pakistan. Waugh has faith the ACB and the Pakistan Cricket Board will make the right decision, saying he would be on the plane to Pakistan if that's what the ACB decided. "I will support whatever the board recommend," he said on Monday. "I'm sure they (ACB) would have done their homework - and yeah, I would (go)." The tour, scheduled for September-October, has been thrown into disarray since 14 people were killed in a bomb blast outside the Karachi hotel of the touring New Zealand team earlier this month. Of more immediate interest to Australia's Test captain will be his place in the One- day national team. Dropped from that team on the recent tour of South Africa, Waugh will be looking for some clarity on his One-day future. "I have a contract meeting tomorrow and I'll probably get a good gauge as to how they see me in regards to One-day cricket and Test cricket," Waugh said.

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