Oz determined to tour despite assassination: CA

Published: Friday, December 28, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) made it clear that the Aussie tour of Pakistan next year will go on as scheduled, despite the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, which has sparked widespread unrest in the country.

Australia have not toured Pakistan since 1998. During their last tour in 2002, which was rescheduled because of security concerns, they played three Tests in neutral venues-- Sharjah and Sri Lanka.

Cricket Australia is extremely concerned over the situations that prevail in Pakistan due to the ramifications of assassination and wants the situations to improve.

''It's an appalling tragedy and we only hope that the civil situation in Pakistan improves,'' CA spokesman Peter Young said.

The Board is confident that the conditions in the chaos-prevailing country will have no bearing on the touring team, but said that it would make a detailed security analysis before setting foot on the soil of Pakistan.

''But it has no impact over the cricket from a touring point of view.'' However Young said that CA will continue to monitor the situation before coming to a final decision."

''We will make our decision in late January or February, closer to the proposed dates,'' he also stated.

The world Champions are scheduled to play three Tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 match during their tour.


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