ACB cancels Pak Test tour in wake of fresh attack

Published: Friday, August 9, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) announced on Friday that it had cancelled a scheduled tour of Pakistan because of fears about the team's safety.

ACB Chairman Bob Merriman said that recent advice from a range of Australian government sources had clearly identified an increasing security risk for the Australian team in Pakistan. "Following our most recent information from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian High Commissioner in Pakistan, the Board has decided that, regrettably, travelling to Pakistan would compromise the safety of our players and officials," he said. The decision came as at least three people were killed in an attack on a Christian hospital chapel in a city near Pakistan's capital, the latest in a series of deadly incidents in the south Asian country.

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