Pak in danger of missing NZ tour

Published: Saturday, September 11, 2010, 15:35 [IST]
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Pakistan might lose Kiwi tour

Pakistan's chaotic stand in world cricket might cost the nation a tour to New Zealand later this year.

Certain New Zealand Cricket administrators are said to have secretly asked their chief executive officer, Justin Vaughan to find a replacement tour if the Pakistan issue with the International Cricket Council(ICC) and the ongoing investigation against three players are not settled within a certain date.

Vaughan has already voiced his concerns saying what public reaction there would be should the ICC revoke its decision on suspended Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer and the trio is selected as part of the touring party.

“There is a lot of negativity surrounding Pakistan cricket at present," said one NZC source according to cricketnext.com. “What is not helping is how PCB chairman (Butt) says that if the players are not charged, he views the ICC suspensions as illegal and players will be selected.

“If New Zealand reject the players for reasons other than cricket, it could mean the tour can easily be abandoned and Pakistan will have to look elsewhere to prepare for the World Cup," the source said. “It will be Pakistan who will end up the losers through the obstinate behaviour of the PCB."

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has also voiced his concerns about Pakistan and the tour later this year after the revelations about spot fixing at Lord"s last month in the fourth Test with England.

"If they (the spot-fixing) are proved, then it has to be the harshest possible (punishment) and that's a life ban," Vettori told Radio New Zealand earlier in the week.

"Whenever incidents like (these) recently have come under the spotlight then people are going to question every single game that Pakistan played in," he said. "The key for cricket is to clean it up as quickly as possible, so that people don't turn up at the game and think there's something going on. Cricket needs to be squeaky clean."


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