Pak coach Lawson's departure fuels rumors...

Published: Tuesday, August 12, 2008, 16:13 [IST]
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Lahore: Amid reports of differences with the PCB over the selection of squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson has reportedly left for his home country Australia.

According to PCB sources, Lawson had 'some difference' with PCB"s selection committee over a few players, after which he took the decision to leave for Australia.

Meanwhile, PCB's Chief Operating Officer Shafqat Naghmi said that the coach had gone to New Zealand and Australia on request of ICC Task Team where he will meet players and board officials and try to remove their concerns about visiting Pakistan, reported The News.

About differences over selection matter, Naghmi said he might have difference of opinion with the selection committee “but this is not the reason behind his Australian visit".

The Champions Trophy is slated to take place in Pakistan from Sept 11-28, and an ICC Task Force is presently in Pakistan to assess the overall security situation after a few Australian and English players expressed apprehensions over playing in strife-torn Pakistan.


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