Playing in Pakistan an “unacceptable” risk: FICA

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The Federation of International Cricketer’s Association said foreign cricket teams touring Pakistan still face an “unacceptable risk” as Zimbabwe prepares to become the first full ICC member nation to play in the country since the attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009.

The security specialists of FICA have advised that the tour should not go ahead.

FICA chairman Tony Irish wrote in an email to a news agency stating, “we are very concerned about the safety of players and any match officials who may be sent to Pakistan.”

“Even with the best intentions the security environment cannot be controlled or influenced to the extent that the risk becomes acceptable.” Irish added.
The Pakistan and Zimbabwe cricket boards announced last week that Zimbabwe would play five limited overs games in Pakistan this month. This is the first visit by a test nation since Sri Lanka’s team bus was attacked by gunmen in 2009.

 

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