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CA denies talk of pullout

Cricket Australia denied reports that it had pulled out of the Champions Trophy in Pakistan, saying it was still waiting for a final word from ICC.

cricket Updated: Aug 20, 2008 22:25 IST

Cricket Australia on Wednesday denied reports that it had pulled out of the Champions Trophy in Pakistan, saying it was still waiting for a final word from the International Cricket Council (ICC) before taking any decision.

CA spokesman Peter Young said reports suggesting that Australia had pulled out were not true.

"No that is not true ... We have not pulled out of the Champions Trophy. But we have advised the ICC about our considerable concern. And we have made sure that they understand that we will not go anywhere which is not safe ... we are waiting to hear from them later this evening," Young said.

Asked about reports that Australian Player Association had told its cricketers not to tour Pakistan, Young said it was true that the ACA has been reported as advising its players to not tour.

"CA at this stage hasn't made any official decision to not tour. We are waiting to hear from ICC ... The ball is in their court," he said.

Asked what would be the CA's line of action if the ICC decides to stay with Pakistan as hosts of the Champions Trophy, Young said if the ICC decide not to relocate, CA will them meet to decide whether they can send a team or not.

"We are very willing to tour Pakistan. We are very keen to do so and we will visit Pakistan as long as the safety and security advisors say that it is safe."

He also said the sudden resignation of Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Nasim Ashraf has not changed the scenario.

"The only issue that is important for us is the safety and security of the players and the advice we get from our range of sources," he said.