World cricketers association advises players to avoid 'unsafe' Pakistan T20 league
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The Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA) has advised players to avoid the new Twenty20 Super League in Pakistan, which is scheduled to start in March, due to security fears.
Tim May, chief executive of the FICA, said that the majority of current international cricketers are heeding to their advice, News.com.au reports. The former Australia off-spinner added the security consultants came back and informed them that the risk of touring Pakistan in a cricketing sense is unmanageable.
May added he hasn't spoken directly to any players but the feedback they are getting from player associations throughout the world is that players are very appreciative and understanding of the advice. May further said the organisation can't force the players not to go but I think you''ll find the majority, if not all, of current international cricketers will heed that advice and, unfortunately for Pakistan, not participate in this event this year.
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.