Hyderabad: Pakistan cricket chief Nasim Ashraf on Thursday ruled out moving the upcoming home series against Australia to a neutral venue or relocating it Down Under.
Australia's tour to the troubled country, which is scheduled to start in two months' time, is under threat because of instability following the murder of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto on December 27.
"The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has only one position on this tour and that is that Australia will play as per their commitment in Pakistan in March-April of 2008," Ashraf told reporters.
"There is no question of a neutral venue and no question of going to Australia at this point of time," he said.
"We are scheduled to tour Australia in 2009 and we will honour our commitment and they will honour their commitment."
Several Australian players have raised concerns over touring Pakistan under current conditions, with a wave of suicide bombings sweeping the country ahead of elections on February 18.
Ashraf's comments appeared directed at reports of a possible venue change after the Sydney Morning Herald quoted an unnamed PCB official as saying that the series could be switched to Australia, with Australia touring Pakistan in 2009.
It said the chairmen of both countries' cricket boards were preparing to meet and discuss the issue, although it added that it was highly unlikely Cricket Australia (CA) would agree.
Ashraf said CA had given no messages to the PCB about any venue change, adding that he was "surprised" by the reports.
"We are waiting for their recce team to come and have an inspection," added Ashraf.
CA has adopted a "wait and see" policy on the tour, which is set to feature three Tests and five one-dayers. It is expected to send a security delegation after the elections and then make a final decision.
Ashraf said the fact that Zimbabwe was touring Pakistan and playing at venues like Hyderabad, which has previously been ruled out for security reasons, suggests "all is safe in Pakistan."
"Cricket and sporting things have not been affected in Pakistan, so we hope Australia will tour," Ashraf said.