I have come home to see Mum: Geoff Lawson

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Sydney, Sep 12 (UNI) Brushing aside speculation that change of administration has forced him to make an unannounced departure from Pakistan to Australia, coach Geoff Lawson stated that he has just come to see his mother.

''I've come home to see my mum in Wagga. It's a brief holiday,'' said Lawson, after being amused to hear that reports from Pakistan had him fleeing the country.

Reports says that the former Australian pacer could be returning to Pakistan earliest at the end of the week if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) can organise some cricket to fill up the gap after the postponemnet of the Champions Trophy.

The PCB is in a state of constant change after the country got a new president Asif Ali Zardari, who is expected to take over as the chairman of the PCB.

However, Lawson believes that upcoming changes in the PCB will not affect his career.

''I've got a contract until 2009 and I'm going to honour it,'' he said. ''The players are training and we just want to play some cricket.'' A passionate defender of Pakistan cricket, Lawson, had campaigned strongly for the Champions Trophy despite security concerns voiced by various teams, including Australia, England, South Africa and New Zealand.

''Everyone is really frustrated,'' Lawson stated. ''A lot of players can't understand why some countries don't want to tour.'' ''The Asian countries just turn up and play. They don't have any qualms,'' he observed.

Pakistan's next cricketing venture is the three One-day matches against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi in November later this year.


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