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One can imagine the nervousness that the Pakistan cricketing authorities must be feeling over the issue of the India tour, supposed to take place in less than two months’ time. That India should tour is a matter of fundamental importance for Pakistan cricket, writes Asif Iqbal in the News.
If the Indians refuse to come, the prospects of any Test side other than Bangladesh and maybe Sri Lanka visiting Pakistan in the foreseeable future may be classified as remote; one of the almost certain fallouts of it would be the cancellation of the Champions Trophy to be held in September-October 2009 and, unless the law and order situation improves noticeably over the next couple of years, the future of the Pakistan leg of the World Cup could also have a serious question mark hanging over it. One has every sympathy for the position in which the Pakistan Cricket Board finds itself, for this is not a situation of its making, but one with which it has nevertheless to try and come to terms with although the means of rectifying it are also not in its control either.