CA express shock at Islamabad bomb blast

Published: Sunday, September 21, 2008, 12:16 [IST]
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Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA), which has been criticised by PCB for cancelling Pakistan tour, expressed its sadness today following a fatal bomb attack in Islamabad.

A terror attack at Mariott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan capital killed at least 60 people.

"Our reaction is that it's terribly sad and tragic news," CA public affairs manager Peter Young said.

"Australian cricket has got a lot of friends in Pakistan and I think everyone at the national level is really sorry to hear this sort of continuing news coming out of the place.

"We enjoy playing against them and we have tours coming up there next year of course.

"Everyone is praying quite fervently that the domestic situation there settles down so people can live their life in peace and hopefully we can start playing cricket there again."

Australia's scheduled Test tour of Pakistan earlier this year was abandoned because of security concerns and is expected to be held in 2009.

Australian Cricketers' Association president Darren Lehmann says news of the bombing is shocking.


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