The government is apprehensive about the security of it players and the source said, ''if even a scratch comes to Sachin, what would happen to the bilateral relations.'' ''The risk is not worth running,'' they added.
With the prevailing situation in Pakistan, ''no government would take a decision which would risk the lives of its players,'' sources said.
The final decision on the tour, scheduled from January 6 to February 19, will be taken within two weeks on the basis of the assessment by a high-level team of officials that will be going to Pakistan shortly.
The source cited the recent terror attack on a national sporting event in Peshawar to cite the example of the security situation in Pakistan.