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Bomb blast right outside their hotel room. Were lucky not to be killed. They had to be escorted from the hotel walking past people who had limbs blown off and dead people scattered all around.
Not to mention having death threats sent to them before a tour because there was some religious month going on in Pakistan. What a joke.
You wouldnt see me going, I value my life more than a game of cricket...and i'd prefer my limbs attached to my body.
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NZC confirms touring Pakistan: PCB official
5 Jul, 2008 2016hrs IST, PTI
KARACHI: The New Zealand Cricket has assured its Pakistani counterparts it will undertake a short tour before the Champions Trophy despite security concerns being voiced by some of its players.
A senior PCB official said on Tuesday that New Zealand's tour was very much on and the Champions Trophy would also be held on schedule in Pakistan.
"So far New Zealand have confirmed the tour and we have heard nothing from the International Cricket Council indicating they are thinking about taking the tournament to some other venue," the official said.
New Zealand are due to tour Pakistan from August 20 to play three One-Day Internationals prior to the eight-nation tournament.
Their matches have been restricted to Faisalabad and Multan, the two small venues in the province of Punjab.
Some New Zealand players including allrounder Jacob Oram have voiced concerns over touring Pakistan because of the uncertain security conditions.
The ICC is also carrying out extensive security checks and monitoring for the tournament with another delegation visiting Lahore on Tuesday.
The PCB official admitted that the New Zealand team's tour would be the final test case for the Champions Trophy to be held on schedule.
"Their tour will pave the way for the tournament to be held in Pakistan," he said.
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Okay..Have been meaning to post this.
I recently had an opportunity to interview with US Army for a Consultant Position in Iraq, very, very lucrative contract (Initially for 1 year, after selection and Background Checks etc etc). For a moment I thought about the money but very next thought was my family, my two kids, 4 & 2, my wife and my parents and (somewhat uninformed) situation in Iraq. Both my heart and head - immidiately said NO.
Now I am not saying the situation in Pakistan is similar to Iraq nor do I want to influence others' opinion on the subject, but just stating that this one small incident has changed my stance on the subject forever.
ESPN now probably be the big player in this. Papers reporting that they don't want weakened sides being sent over, so may push for the trophy to be moved to prevent this.
Champions Trophy stays in Pakistan
Iím obviously pleased with the decision. I hope that all players will chose to attend. However if they donít, I will respect their decision no matter how much I disagree with it.
I wonder if it was based on proper security reports and analysis or just a vote along the traditional lines.
Hopefully the Australian players won't decide as a group to go or boycott and the decision is made on an individual basis. Am looking forward to it, especially after the 2006 CT, which was a great tournament.
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