Oz players ready to boycott tour of Pakistan

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Melbourne, Feb.14 : Australia's cricketers have privately revealed that they are not interested in touring Pakistan from next month.

Fox Sports reveals that Cricket Australia could face a player revolt if it proceeds with the tour of Pakistan next month.

The Australian Cricketers Association and Cricket Australia have both reacted cautiously to the player boycott claim.

CA and the ACA are preparing to be part of a security assessment which is due to visit Pakistan after the February 18 parliamentary elections.

"We are aware of the significant concerns that the players have and they are concerns we share. "We're still moving through a process and we have a way to go before that process is finalised," Cricket Australia public affairs manager Peter Young was quoted, as saying.

ACA chief executive Paul Marsh also said the players' association is continuing with the process of seeking the best advice before making any decision.

Chairman Creagh O'Connor has written to the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Nasim Ashraf outlining CA's concerns. Ashraf claimed the letter said that independent security experts have advised Cricket Australia against touring Pakistan next month.

Young played down threats attributed to the PCB that if Australia did not tour Pakistan then it would refuse to tour Australia as scheduled next year.

Any team which fails to fulfil its obligations under the future tours program without adequate reason, such as safety and security, can be liable to millions of dollars in fines.

CA chief executive James Sutherland reiterated that Australia has not toured Pakistan for 10 years and wanted to go if the circumstances were right.

Australia is due to leave in the second week of March for a six-week tour containing three Tests, five one-day matches and a Twenty20 game.

ANI

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