'Pakistan security threat unmanageable'

January 10, 2017

LONDON (CMC):

Head of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) Tony Irish has described the security threat to foreign players and teams in Pakistan as "excessive and unmanageable".

Irish's comments come in light of the Pakistan Cricket Board extending an invitation to the West Indies Cricket Board to tour the country for two Twenty20 Internationals in March at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore.

"The Pakistani players don't have a players association so aren't affiliated to FICA," Irish told Wisden India. "Players from around the world affiliated to FICA do, however, and seek advice from FICA relating to the security risks of playing in various countries.

"We rely on reports from our independent security consultants. In the past, the consistent advice from the security experts has been that risks to foreign players and teams of playing in Pakistan are excessive and unmanageable."

International matches in Pakistan have been sidelined over the last seven years, following an attack on a bus transporting the Sri Lanka team to a match that saw six players injured and the same number of police officers killed.

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