PCB confident of fulfilling future international commitments

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Lahore, Mar 11 (UNI) Disappointed after Australia postponed it's tour of Pakistan, the PCB said it is confident that it will fulfill all scheduled international commitments including the Asia Cup which will get underway in June.

''Our consistent plea has been that at least the ground situation here should be assessed by Cricket Australia, but they said that they had made independent assessments and the decision was based on that,'' Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Nasim Ashraf was quoted as saying by Cricinfo.

The next Asia Cup is scheduled to take place in Pakistan towards the end of June. India and Sri Lanka have confirmed their availability for the tournament.

Ashraf sounded confident and said the Asia Cup and the ICC Champions Trophy in October will take place as scheduled.

''We are very confident our cricket will continue. The Asia Cup is very much on towards the end of June. Arjuna Ranatunga (Sri Lanka Cricket chairman) and the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) will be here soon to finalise plans for that,'' Ashraf said.

''The Champions Trophy is on soon after that and the ICC will also try and ensure that all teams take part in that. India are due to come here at the end of the year as well,'' he added.

However, the PCB boss was disappointed by Cricket Australia's (CA) decision to postpone their tour of Pakistan and brought examples to prove that they have hosted quite a number international matches successfully in the recent past.

''Our position is that these blasts have been happening for the last two years. That hasn't changed now and we have had four international tours to Pakistan recently, including South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia A.

''These are tragic incidents and paint a bad picture of the country, but they are targeted specifically at security institutions,'' he pointed out.

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