Monday, January 19, 2009

Australia Asked Pakistan to Organize the ODI Series in a Neutral Venue

You already know that Australia cancelled their pre-scheudle Pakistan tour last year due to security concern of Pakistan. Now, it seems that Australia is still reluctant to tour Pakistan as Cricket Australia (CA) has already Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to organize the upcoming series in neutral venue. Australia is due to tour Pakistan in April and May to play five-match ODI series and a Twenty20 match. Australia does not want play in Pakistan because of security concern and they are only interested to take part in the series only if the series is organized in an alternative venue outside of Pakistan.

PCB has already started thinking about a possible neutral venue and they are currently considering England, Malaysia Sharjah and Dubai as the alternative venue for the ODI series and the Twenty20 match. This would not be the first time, Pakistan and Australia in a neutral venue. In fact, they participated in a test series in 2002 in Colombo and Sharjah because Australian cricket team was reluctant to tour Pakistan because of security concern. It has been almost 11 years since Australia last visited Pakistan on a cricket tour. PCB chairman, Ejaz Butt, has also said that Pakistan is ready to organize the series in a neutral venue. Though PCB is keen to organize the series in Pakistan, but their main priority is to ensure that the scheduled series is taken place.

It would surely disappoint the Pakistan cricket fans who are eager to see more international matches in Pakistan. A number of tournaments which were due to take place last year were postponed because of lack of security in the country. For example, ICC was forced to postpone ICC Champions Trophy which was supposed to be held in Pakistan last September, upon complains on security ground being launched by a number of test playing countries. ICC has rescheduled the tournament for September 2009, but it is not yet confirmed if Pakistan would remain as the official venue for the tournament.

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