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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 November 2005, 07:57 GMT
Karachi bomb concern for England
The aftermath of the explosion in Karachi
Firemen at the scene of the explosion
A bomb explosion in Karachi has led to fresh concerns about the security of the England cricket team.

They are due to meet Pakistan in a one-day international at the city's National Stadium on 15 December.

The explosion occurred outside a restaraunt close to the hotel where the players will be staying.

"The team will be secure wherever they go - whether it's Karachi, Lahore or Rawalpindi," said Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan.

"This is a global phenomenon. We must not allow the bombers and terrorists to win.

"We have to hold firm, life must go on and I think playing cricket is part of the normalcy that we are all absolutely committed will not be disrupted," Khan told BBC Sport.

Reports say that a car bomb triggered by remote control was the focal point of the explosion which killed at least two people and injured 15 others.

Pakistan's largest city has seen several bomb attacks blamed on Islamic extremists opposed to the government.

In 2002, New Zealand's cricketers abandoned a tour after a blast close to their hotel which left 14 people dead.

Since then, only two Test matches have been played in Karachi and the England and Wales Cricket Board refused to allow its team to take part in a five-day game there on the current tour.

Shaharyar Khan
We will not take any decisions on the Karachi one-dayer in panic
Shaharyar Khan

Whether the one-dayer scheduled for Karachi goes ahead now depends on a series of discussions between the two boards and security advisors.

"It is important to find out exactly who was behind it and why this explosion took place.

"In a day or two, things will be much clearer and we hope to be able to sit down and see if any further measures are required.

"The security cordon around the England team, and any other team visiting Pakistan, is such that this kind of bomber would never have been able to get through," said Khan.

"I am sure we will be able to make all the security provisions that are required for the team to continue playing."

On Monday, England confirmed they would travel to Faisalabad for the second Test, which starts on 20 November, despite violence against Christians in the area.

"The advice from our experts is that the situation in Faisalabad is calm," said a team spokesman.

"The prospect of the outbreak of violence spreading is low."

Interview: PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan

Interview: PCA chief Richard Bevan

Car bomb hits Karachi restaurant
15 Nov 05 |  South Asia
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