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December 23, 2008
Ehsan Mani, the former ICC president, has said that Pakistan will face a dearth of international cricket at home because of security fears unless the PCB reaches out to other leading Test countries.
"What I fear is that Pakistan is being pushed to the brink of isolation," he told the News. "It's time that the PCB comes out with an effective strategy. It will have to consolidate relations with other Test-playing nations.
"India refused to tour Pakistan and now the ICC is raising security issues about Sri Lanka's visit," he said. "Next would be Australia's tour (in March), then the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy (to be hosted by the country) leading up to the World Cup in 2011."
India called off their scheduled visit early next year after a deterioration of relations between the two countries following the Mumbai attacks last month. Two high-profile events which Pakistan were slated to host in 2008, a full tour by Australia and the Champions Trophy, were also postponed.
Mani was disappointed India will not be touring and was critical of Pakistan "relying heavily on India" in recent times. "And look what India did to Pakistan? They just let us down," he said. "We have been doing everything that India told us to do. Look at the ICL issue. We've banned all our players just to please them." Pakistan banned more than 20 players including key middle-order batsman Mohammad Yousuf, allrounders Abdul Razzaq and Azhar Mahmood, and opener Imran Nazir after they joined the ICL.
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