Some Australian cricketers are said to be concerned about the latest terrorist strikes in Pakistan, just days before Cricket Australia (CA) finalizes the arrangements of their upcoming tour to the nation, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has, however, rejected the said reports.
In March-April, Australia will tour Pakistan for the first time in 24 years, playing three Tests, three ODIs, and a one T20 international.
According to sources in the Australian media, several cricketers are concerned about the recent terrorist incidents in Lahore and Islamabad, as well as the comments made by Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid.
The Herald reported sources close to the team as saying, “We’re all toey about it.”
Last week, an IED explosion in Lahore’s Anarkali bazaar killed at least three people and injured another 25. The news comes only days after two police officers were killed in a shooting incident in Islamabad.
In response to these developments, Pakistan’s Interior Minister stated that authorities must remain vigilant because terrorist elements had returned to the country.
Cricket Australia issued a statement in response to the reports, stating that the safety and well-being of players and support staff was its first priority.
“Cricket Australia and the Pakistan Cricket Board are continuing to work carefully on the tour’s planning and are in constant contact with our respective governments,” the statement said.
We are in frequent contact with Cricket Australia, and they have never expressed these concerns to us, stated by spokesperson.
He stated that the Pakistani government and the PCB are committed to providing the Australians with state-level security.