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August 19, 2008, 11:04 AM

Australia's cricketers have officially declared they will not tour Pakistan for next month's Champions Trophy, according to newspaper reports.

Australian Cricketers Association chief executive Paul Marsh said a meeting between players, an ICC taskforce and Cricket Australia representatives in Melbourne last Friday had done nothing to ease concerns about touring the strife-torn country.

"The ACA has discussed the situation with its executive and our position is we can't recommend to our players they should tour Pakistan for the Champions Trophy," Marsh told The Australian newspaper.

"We feel for the Pakistan Cricket Board and the people of Pakistan but it is the job of the ACA to make recommendations to our members based on whether it is safe to tour.

"Unfortunately in this case we don't believe it is safe."

The fate of the eight-team one-day tournament, which is due to begin in Pakistan on September 12, is likely to be decided when International Cricket Council officials meet in Dubai on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka has been listed as the back-up venue for the tournament.

But safety and security concerns are also an issue there with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade recently upgrading its travel warning to Sri Lanka to resemble that of Pakistan.

As well as Australia, player associations from New Zealand, England and South Arica have all expressed concerns about security in Pakistan.

August 19, 2008, 11:16 AM
There it goes. Get ready Tigers..

August 19, 2008, 01:29 PM
i wonder, if the tournament were held in Bangaldesh, would there be security concerns?