Islamabad's bombing tragic news: CA

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Melbourne, Sep 21 (UNI) Cricket Australia (CA) today expressed sorrow following a fatal bomb attack in Islamabad.

The attack at the Marriott Hotel in the Pakistan capital last night killed at least 60 people and injured about 200 others.

''Our reaction is that it's terribly sad and tragic news,'' CA public affairs manager Peter Young said.

''Australian cricket has got a lot of friends in Pakistan and I think everyone at the national level is really worried to hear this sort of continuing news coming out of the place.

''We enjoy playing against them and we have tours coming up there next year of course.

''Everyone is praying quite fervently that the domestic situation there settles down so people can live their life in peace and hopefully we can start playing cricket there again.'' CA had been criticised by Pakistan for backing out of a tour to that country.

Australia's scheduled Test tour of Pakistan earlier this year was abandoned because of security concerns and is expected to be held next year.

Defending champions Australia were one of four nations that voiced concerns that effectively forced the postponement of this month's 2008 Champions Trophy one-day tournament in the Muslim state.

The ICC is hoping to reschedule the Champions Trophy for late 2009.

That means Ricky Ponting's world champions could tour Pakistan twice next year but Young says precautions will be taken.

''We do have cricket scheduled in Pakistan in 2009 and as always we'll do a pre-tour assessment before we travel there,'' he said.

''The ICC is trying to come up with dates and venues for that (Champions Trophy).

''Depending on what the ICC decides with the Champions Trophy (Australia will tour Pakistan twice next year).

''And of course we were due to be there today. We would have been in Pakistan had the originally scheduled dates gone ahead.'' UNI XC CS NC AS1238

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