India's tour to Pakistan cancelled amid security fears
on January 5, 2009 by Administrator
The world of cricket has already been disrupted by the horrendous terrorist attacks seen in the city of Mumbai last month, with England contemplating whether or not to complete their Test series.
It has now been revealed that India’s own plans have been interfered with, as their tour of Pakistan, scheduled for early next year, has been cancelled.
This decision was taken by cricketing officials after government advice was given on the matter, with Indian government officials stating that the tour would be unwise given the current instability in the region.
A spokesman for the Indian Cricket Board revealed that “it is not feasible to tour Pakistan” after the events of the last few weeks, particularly after the government had already cancelled a junior hockey team’s tour to Pakistan.
The Indian cricket team had been planning on taking part in three Tests, a Twenty20 international, along with five one-day matches in Pakistan, starting on the fourth of January, but the decision by the government has brought an end to these plans. Instead, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent out an invitation to the Sri Lankan cricket team.
The PCB has been left extremely unhappy at the recent decision by Indian officials, since severe financial losses are now a likely result. They will undoubtedly lose money which would have been granted by television bosses, since their recent deal with Ten Sports, apparently worth over 140 million dollars, stipulated that no payment will be made following the cancellation of a series.