Clark relieved at postponement of Pak tour

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Sydney, Mar 12 (UNI) Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark expressed relief after the Pakistan tour, which was originally scheduled for March-April, was postponed due to concerns over the security situation in the volatile South Asian nation.

''It's probably no secret that we were really concerned,'' Clark said. ''I don't think anyone likes it when a cricket tour gets called off because that's our job, but there were obviously concerns from everyone involved.'' The 32-year-old from New South Wales expresed concern over the situation in Pakistan which has seen repeated bomb blasts in recent months.

''We were getting third-hand information, reading papers and listening to the news on TV and were obviously getting the sensational news about bombings and stuff like that,'' Clark stated.

Several Aussie players had publicly voiced fears about the security situation in Pakistan before the decision to postpone the tour was announced yesterday.

Following the news that Cricket Australia (CA) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will meet to discuss possible dates when the tour could go ahead, Australian players said they were happy the decision was taken out of their hands.

Australia who have not toured Pakistan since 1998, had proposed playing matches at a neutral venue which was rejected by the PCB.


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