England players threatens boycott Champions trophy

Published: Sunday, June 22, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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London: After their Australian counterparts, England players have also expressed the concern over the security conditions in Pakistan and threatend to boycott the Champions trophy scheduled to be held in September this year.

According to the local media reports senior England players are unwilling to go by the England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) assertions and they are ready to revolt against their governing body.

''The Aussies have already come out and expressed their concerns. I'm not a big fan of going to Pakistan. I just hope it won't be us players who get left to make the decision in the end,'' an unnamed senior England player was quoted as saying by Daily Telegraph.

According to the newspaper, security expert Reg Dickason, whom Cricket Australia was planning to send to Pakistan to assess the security situation there, will also report his findings to the ECB.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket CEO Justin Vaughan arrives in London next week to discuss his increasingly edgy players' concerns about touring Pakistan.

Yesterday, Australian captain Ricky Ponting fuelled the specter of players' boycott by saying that some of his teammates were still apprehensive about competing in Pakistan for the Champions Trophy.

Australia postponed their tour of Pakistan earlier this year after a spate of suicide bombings following the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in December.

Pakistan is scheduled to host the 15-match Champions Trophy, which is considered the second most important one-day tournament behind the World Cup. Australia won the last tournament in India in 2006.


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