Sydney: Australia cricket captain Ricky Ponting said his side and others still had security concerns about Pakistan, and was undecided about competing in the Champions Trophy, newspapers reported Friday.
Ponting said he did not yet know if Australia would travel to Pakistan for the September tournament, and that some players might opt out even if the trip went ahead.
The skipper's comments raise the prospect of the year's most prestigious 50-overs tournament being tarnished by withdrawals.
"We don't know if we're going. And if we do go, we don't know if individuals are going to pull out," Ponting was quoted saying.
"It just won't be Australian players. There will be a few other teams who will be thinking long and hard if the tour does go ahead," he said from the West Indies, where he is currently leading the Australian team.
"I'm sure some of the England players will have some concerns, I'm sure a lot of the New Zealand players who have been confronted with this stuff before, in Sri Lanka and Pakistan, will have some pretty serious concerns."
Australia put off a March-April tour after several Australian players hesitated after a series of suicide deadly bombings in the run-up to Pakistan's national elections.
International Cricket Council (ICC) acting chief executive Dave Richardson said on Wednesday that Pakistan would host the Champions Trophy in September provided there were no safety and security fears.
Ponting said Australia's players would make their own decisions on whether to tour Pakistan, even if the tournament is given the green light by their employers.
A number of players, notably Andrew Symonds, were prepared to withdraw from the Test and one-day tour earlier this year before it was postponed.
"If Cricket Australia (CA) and the players' association decide that we go, then it will be an individual's decision, as every tour is," Ponting said.
"I don't think the Australian cricket team are going to be any different than any other Australian that is thinking about touring Pakistan."
The Australian newspaper Friday reported that an Australian security consultant is heading to Pakistan next week to assess the situation.
The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) chief executive Tim May was reported on Monday as saying "absolutely nothing" had changed in Pakistan since Australia abandoned its tour three months ago.