1 Oct 2008

Pakistan to raise Australia stand on tours in ICC

7:11 am on 1 October 2008

Cricket Australia's policy not to tour Pakistan over security fears, yet still travel to India, will be raised by Pakistan at the International Cricket Council next month.

Pakistan's sports minister Najamuddin Khan, who will attend the ICC's executive board meeting, says Australia can seemingly play in India without any concern, although there have been bomb blasts there too.

Australia have refused to tour Pakistan over safety and security concerns for its players following a spate of suicide bombings, and were among the teams who declined to play in this month's Champions Trophy in Pakistan, forcing the tournament to be postponed.

However, Australia are in India to play four Tests after accepting security assurances from the Indian board - despite a series of bomb attacks in New Delhi, including one on the weekend.

Khan says he'll try to convince the other boards to give fresh dates for the rescheduled eight-team Champions Trophy late next year.