Safety warning: Zimbabwe team advised not to tour Pakistan for upcoming series

Published: May 5, 2015


The international cricketers’ association has advised the Zimbabwe team not to go ahead with their Pakistan tour due this month as there is still an “unacceptable risk” for foreign teams in the host country.

After the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009 which left six police officials and a driver dead, Zimbabwe has agreed to become one of the first full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to play in Pakistan.

Read: Five years on, international cricket in Pakistan still a far cry

“An international tour to Pakistan remains an unacceptable risk”, Tony Irish, executive chairperson of the Federation International Cricketers’ Associations, wrote in an email to the Associated Press.

FICA’s security consultants advise that teams should not travel “the security environment cannot be controlled or influenced to an extent that the risk becomes acceptable”, Irish said.

This article originally appeared on The Guardian

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Reader Comments (11)

  • maarige
    May 5, 2015 - 11:39AM

    who cares….waiting eagerly for the upcoming home seriesRecommend

  • ajeet
    May 5, 2015 - 11:51AM

    Looks like 1000 cuts policy against India is working in reverse.Recommend

  • Anoni
    May 5, 2015 - 11:52AM

    And who issuee the warning ? BCCI or RAWRecommend

  • Aiman
    May 5, 2015 - 12:21PM

    Weaker Pakistan team, due to lack of international cricket, is not good for International Cricket itself as with 3 majors Cricket standards will start to decrease.Recommend

  • Fahim
    May 5, 2015 - 12:33PM

    If you can’t provide security, don’t invite! That is bottom line.Recommend

  • zeeshan
    May 5, 2015 - 1:04PM

    Zimbabwe must come and prove them wrong. Army will provide full proof security.
    Allah will make this tour a success. Recommend

    May 5, 2015 - 1:53PM

    Only Chinese can dare to come , with 18% assured win and freedom to pick, venue ,, rules/regulation and opponents teams too.Recommend

  • May 5, 2015 - 1:54PM

    They are trying their level best to keep the international teams away. Go onward with the tour Zimbabwe. Can someone tell me why England still doesn’t want to tour Zimbabwe or let Zimbabwe tour it. Remember Zimbabwe current coach knows everything about Pakistan since he was the coach before being appointed to lead Zimbabwe. We as a nation welcomes and will provide the utmost security not even from the security forces but from a common man also. Recommend

  • Syed Abbas Ali Shah
    May 5, 2015 - 1:54PM

    stop blaming others on our irresponsible attitude have we done enough for security measure
    if something will happen who will be responsible. After youhannaabbad,model town incident i believe any thing can happen anytime both areas are not far away from stadium and anybody can unrest the city,Recommend

    May 5, 2015 - 3:06PM

    ICC appears to have asked this fake organization to say this. ICC stands for Indian Cronies Council. This is a affiliated body of the IPL.Recommend

  • Zaida
    May 5, 2015 - 3:18PM

    @zeeshan: Last time cricket depended on the two forces you mention, the entire SL team nearly got killed. Recommend

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