Inzamam demands ICC action against Aussies for showing "double standards"

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Karachi, Sept 21 : Former Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has demanded of the ICC to penalize the Aussies for first canceling a series in Pakistan in March and then getting the ICC Champions Trophy postponed this month citing "security reasons", but going ahead with the India tour beginning later this month despite last Saturday's serial blasts in New Delhi.

The ICC's inaction on the matter was "encouraging" other teams to violate tour commitments, the Dawn quoted Inzi as saying.

He said: "Australia has been the only country which has refused to tour Pakistan steadfastly. And I don't think this is going to change unless other cricket boards and the ICC do something about it." Inzamam, who is currently with the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), said the ICC's inaction is the only reason why Aussies have violated tour commitments in Pakistan. Another tour cancellation by an international side would spell doom for Pakistan cricket and it was important that the ICC backed his country in such a situation.

"I don't think Pakistan cricket can afford to have another tour postponed or cancelled on security grounds. It would be a big setback for our cricket," Inzamam said and added: "I don't think there is anything wrong with our security arrangements and in Pakistan people are passionate about good cricket and want teams to come and play."

Inzamam also blamed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for not doing enough to stage the Champions Trophy at home. He said the PCB needed to be more firm and put its foot down against postponement of the mega event. "Being apologetic for our cricket and security wont help, we need to stop it," he added.

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