Mark Waugh still edgy about touring Pak for Tests

Published: Thursday, August 8, 2002, 19:35 [IST]
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Melbourne: Senior Test batsman Mark Waugh on Thursday voiced his unease about Australia's tour of Pakistan in October after the latest outbreak of violence there.

Concern about players' safety was heightened by Monday's attack by gunmen on a Christian school, which left six Pakistanis dead. It was the sixth strike on foreign targets in Pakistan this year, including a car- bomb blast in May outside the Karachi hotel where the New Zealand cricket team was staying that killed 14 people. The New Zealanders then abandoned their tour. Waugh, along with leading Australian players Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, has already stated he does not want to tour Pakistan, although captain and Mark's twin brother Steve said this week he would be happy to go if it were deemed safe. "Obviously, what happened two days ago with the shooting at the international school puts a few more question marks over the tour," Mark Waugh told a radio station here. "There's no doubt about that. I think the ACB (Australian Cricket Board) would be first to admit that." ACB spokesman Pat O'Beirne said the latest attack "adds some currency" to advice the board is receiving from Australian government officials and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). "The tragic recent incident has increased concern about the tour. We will continue to monitor our information over the next short while," O'Beirne said. There was no immediate word when the ACB would make its definitive judgement on whether to go through with the tour of Pakistan.

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