Aaron Finch in action for Australia against India.
Aaron Finch in action for Australia against India.

Terror threat ends Pakistan tour hopes

GOVERNMENT advice to avoid travel to Pakistan because of a "high risk" of terrorist attacks is enough for Cricket Australia to rule out going there for a one-day series in late March.

Officials from the Pakistan Cricket Board are continuing to hold out hope that CA would send a team to receive presentations on planned security arrangements for the series, a crucial one for Australia's World Cup preparations.

A PCB spokesperson said they were still waiting for a response to a letter sent on January 7 to CA asking for them to consider their position.

But a CA spokesperson said the government advice was clear on travel to Pakistan, urging people to avoid going there "due to the volatile security situation and high threat of terrorist attack, kidnapping and sectarian violence".

 

Babar Azam cuts for Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval. Picture: Sarah Reed
Babar Azam cuts for Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval. Picture: Sarah Reed

 

Australia has not played in Pakistan for 20 years, and CA has already made its position clear to the PCB.

"The safety of our players and support staff is our number one priority and we won't compromise that," a CA spokesperson said.

"We'll continue to take advice from a range of government agencies and our own security intelligence and act on this accordingly."

Dates and locations for the five-match ODI series are yet to be finalised.

The matches, Australia's last before the World Cup, are likely to be played in the United Arab Emirates.

 

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