Security October 7, 2008

Disappointing not to tour Pakistan

Only a few players have indicated fear and express concern touring Pakistan

Presently, the tour to Pakistan is on hold. This tour plays an integral part in our overseas and international exposure for groundwork to partake in World Cup 2009 in Australia. There is a sense of uneasiness with reference to security for players and management and we should take this into consideration. It is a sad state for cricket on the whole and to our preparation for World Cup 2009. Personally, I do not have any fear of touring Pakistan, but I am a bit apprehensive about the safety of the West Indies team.

Only a few players have indicated fear and express concern touring Pakistan. As for me, my statement of not having the fear to travel to Pakistan has cause heated debate in St Lucia. A comment of me being "crazy" to travel was made. The Caribbean people are generally expressing mixed feelings about the tour to Pakistan in light of the bombing of the Marriott hotel.

The team needs the international exposure and the experience of playing teams we expect to meet in the upcoming World Cup. There we can measure the team’s level of preparedness and work on our strengths and weaknesses. We are now in a position of playing "catch up" to the other nations who have already qualified for World Cup 2009. The team understands the situation and looks forward to playing Sri Lanka. The West Indies board and the team are monitoring the situation and a final decision will be made soon.

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  • testli5504537 on December 18, 2008, 12:54 GMT

    I think Pakistan Should also not play in India. The Dual standards of English team is already evident by continuation of their tour as money does talk! PCB should now take bold decision and break the cricket ties with India. If every country start mixing cricket with politics then no one will be able to play outside their countries. SHAME on BCCI for ruining an interesting tour.

  • testli5504537 on October 8, 2008, 14:09 GMT

    While I do appreciate your brave attitude, it's not fair to expect your fellow players to make that same decision.

    As an Indian cricket fan I was horrified to hear that the BCCI was planning to coolly risk the entire Indian national team by unconditionally sending them to Pakistan early next year. I'd have thought the proper course of action would have been to wait until a month before the scheduled date to decide if the country is safe for touring.

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