Pakistan will not play Oz series at a neutral venue: PCB

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Lahore, Mar 6 : Even as speculations are rife that Australia might cancel this month's tour to Pakistan citing security reasons, the PCB has said that Pakistan won't play against the Aussies at a neutral venue, because the move won't be good for cricket of both the countries.

"Neutral venue is a dangerous option. It is not good for cricket of both countries. Pakistani people want to see cricket on their own soil and not on TV. If we accept it (neutral venue) then in future there will be no end to this practice and it can ruin cricket around the world," the Daily Times quoted a PCB spokesman as saying last evening.

He said the PCB was not in favour of playing the series at a neutral venue because it would have no impact on the development of cricket in Pakistan.

He said Cricket Australia (CA) had not yet informed the PCB regarding the status of their team's tour to Pakistan.

"CA is having meetings with their foreign office on this issue. At this stage there is no official communication from CA to confirm that this tour is in doubt. We are awaiting their reply," he said.

The PCB official said that the decision would be known in one or two days' time.

Meanwhile, CA's Public Relations Manager Peter Young said that the decision might take a little longer than 48 hours. "We will be talking to our board in the next few days. We would like to make a final decision soon as the tour is due to start on March 29," said Young.

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