23 Jan 2013

Cricket players warned on Pakistan league

11:53 am on 23 January 2013

Cricket's world players union has told its members to avoid the new Twenty20 Super League in Pakistan, due to start in March, on security grounds.

And the chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers Associations Tim May believes the majority of current international cricketers will heed its advice.

The former Australia off-spinner says security consultants have advised that the risk of touring Pakistan in a cricketing sense is unmanageable.

No major international cricket has been played in Pakistan since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus by armed militants in Lahore in March 2009 left eight people dead and seven visiting players wounded.

Since the Lahore attack, Pakistan have been forced to play home matches abroad at neutral venues, mainly in the United Arab Emirates cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Earlier this month the International Cricket Council hailed the advent of Pakistan's new Twenty20 league but ICC chief executive David Richardson insisted it was beyond the global governing body's power to order a resumption of international cricket in Pakistan, even though it was something they wanted to see.