Symonds reluctant to visit Pakistan for Champions Trophy

Sydney, Jul 11 (UNI) With a series of blasts rocking Pakistan over the past few days, all-rounder Andrew Symonds has expressed renewed doubts that the troubled South Asian nation would be a safe venue for the ICC Champions Trophy in September.

The sturdy cricketer had first raised objections about Australia's scheduled Test tour of Pakistan in April, which was eventually postponed following a wave of suicide bombings.

''My feelings haven't changed a great deal,'' Symonds said.

''I don't mind the odd game of cricket for Australia, but it is only a game at the end of the day, and putting yourself in a position where you're not safe, to me is ridiculous.'' The troubled security situation in Pakistan has cast doubts on the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) chances of hosting the Champions Trophy with the International Cricket Council (ICC) considering a relocation to either South Africa or Sri Lanka.


Story first published: Friday, July 11, 2008, 14:04 [IST]
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