BCCI flexes muscle, urges CA to go ahead with Pak tour

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Lahore, Feb 15 (UNI) In yet another display of the preponderance of strength of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Indian board has cautioned Cricket Australia (CA) against abondoning their Pakistan tour.

''There will be serious consequences because you can't just pull out a committed tour when the host board is giving you assurances about security and so is the government,'' BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla told 'Geo English'.

''...If the host board and government is willing to give assurances you have to accept that you can't just cancel a confirmed FTP tour,'' he added. ''The hosts know best about the prevailing security situation.'' Shukla, who toured Pakistan with the Indian team as an official in 2004 and 2006, said at that time, the Indian players were apprehensive of playing here.

''But we decided to accept the assurances of the Pakistan board and government and the players supported us. Once the tour was over they were all very happy at making the tour,'' he said.

''Similarly I think the Australians must listen to the arguments of the Pakistan board for whom the tour is important.'' The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) welcomed Shukla's statement saying it would have some bearing on the final decision of the Australians.

''Indian board is an influential one because of its position in the cricket world and recently they have managed to get their point across to the Australians on some contentious issues on their ongoing tour,'' a PCB official said.

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