NZC chief to discuss Pak security issue with players

Published: Saturday, June 21, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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London: Apprehensions among the players about visiting Pakistan for the Champions Trophy have led the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive Justin Vaughan to fly here next week to discuss his increasingly edgy players' concerns.

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said Pakistan would be one of the ''hot topics'' of Vaughan's visit which also would taken in the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executives' meeting in Dubai next week.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting had already talked about some of his team members' reluctance to tour Pakistan for the September's biennial tournament.

''It's probably a precursor to a lot of people's concerns I'd imagine. If they (Australia) have got concerns then a lot of other teams will as well,'' Vettori said ahead of the third one-day international against England.

Vettori said Vaughan's arrival would provide the first opportunity to discuss the Pakistan issue as a group, although it had been raised with Cricket Players' Association boss Heath Mills when he visited London last month.

''Guys will want to raise concerns if they have them, and hopefully we'll have some answers to all those issues,'' Vettori added.

Vaughan has already made it clear that the players would be given an opportunity to miss the tour without any impact on their contractual status, or implications for future selection.

''I was there when the bomb went off outside our hotel then I went back a year later on the tour and the security they put forward was immense, and almost overwhelming. I did feel safe throughout that time.

'If they could promise that level of security I think it would appease a lot of guys. We just have to sit tight and wait on these security reports, once you read them you can make a personal decision,'' Vettori said.


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