Symonds doubtful for Pakistan tour

Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Sydney: Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds is unlikely to tour Pak scheduled in 2008 due to the ongoing turmoil in the troubled South Asian country.

''There do seem to be a lot of bombs going off over there,'' the burly all-rounder told mediapersons in Hobart, the venue of the second Test against Sri Lanka.

''At the end of the day it is only a game of cricket. But I suppose being the diplomat that I am, we are going to have to wait and see when we get closer to the time how many bombs are going off over there. But it is being bombed.'' The remarks have cast serious aspersions on the tour, which is scheduled to take place early next year.

National elections are due to be held in Pakistan next year, around the time Cricket Australia will make a pre-tour safety inspection.

Cricket Australia spokesman Peter Young said the situation would be assessed in January. ''We're not going to be anywhere near danger and we have moved a previous Pakistan tour,'' he said.

''But we'll have a look at that situation and go through that normal process with Cricket Australia, the ACA and the Australian government.'' The last Australian tour of Pakistan in 2002-03 was moved to Colombo and Sharjah due to security concerns.

Australia are scheduled to play three Tests in Pakistan during their tour which starts in March next year.


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