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Pakistanis demand ICC tour action

Ramiz Raja
Ramiz is unhappy with a lack of consistency on the rules

Leading lights in Pakistan cricket have called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to change its rules so countries cannot pick and choose tours.

The call comes after Australia decided to tour India despite recent bombings there, having repeatedly refused to tour Pakistan on security grounds.

"This pick-and-choose policy must stop. The ICC needs to change the rules," said ex-Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja.

Another ex-captain, Intikhab Alam, backed the call for the ICC to step in.

"I think it is time the ICC played a stronger role and made sure that countries like Australia didn't pick and choose their tours," he said.

"The ICC must have a uniform policy for its member nations on foreign tours taking security issues into consideration."

Raja added "certain blocs" were allowed "to quit cricket in certain areas at their own will".

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has accused Cricket Australia of double standards for agreeing to tour India while snubbing Pakistan's security assurances.

Under current ICC rules teams refusing to tour under its Future Tours Programme (FTP) are liable to hefty fines, unless tours fall victim to issues beyond the visiting side's control.

Earlier this year Australia cancelled a tour of Pakistan and they were one of several nations to express fears over the Asian country's hosting of the Champions Trophy this month, which led to the tournament being postponed until October 2009.

Australia are due to play four Tests in India between 2 October and 10 November.

see also
Australians commit to India tour
16 Sep 08 |  Cricket
Champions Trophy gets all-clear
18 Jun 08 |  Cricket
Australia postpone Pakistan tour
11 Mar 08 |  Cricket
Pakistan 'safe' for Aussie tour
08 Mar 08 |  Australia

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