Originally Posted by silentstriker
What does that mean for a tourist party though? You won't be touring northwest Pakistan, the rest of the country is safe, and cricketers are never targetted anyway.
Yes but for the players and their decision to go or not, what matters here is perception, not the facts so much. You're pretty much right and there's a whole lot of cricketers who tour the country that are still in possession of all their arms and legs. Conversely, when it comes to perception, England and Australia have a larger extremist element than they'd care to admit too.
But, informed or not, if individual players still have that queasy feeling about going and say things like "Sure no cricketers have been targetted..... yet.", etc. and use that as a basis for not going, they shouldn't be forced to go. Let CA decide the career consequences or contractuals, sure, but contractual obligations in a non-threatening job like being a sports star (unlike, say, when I was working for Police) shouldn't determine whether a player is at risk if they decide it's unreasonable.