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ODI series against Pak on schedule: CA boss

Cricket Australia has decided to go ahead with the one-day series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates but said a final decision will be taken after receiving report from its security experts.

cricket Updated: Mar 03, 2009 19:44 IST

Not withstanding the terror attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore, Cricket Australia has decided to go ahead with the one-day series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates but said a final decision will be taken after receiving report from its security experts.

Australia is supposed to play five one-dayers and a Twenty20 match against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi and Dubai between April 22 and May 7.

"We're scheduled to play against Pakistan in the UAE starting in late April, at this stage
that tour will go ahead as planned," CA CEO James Sutherland said.

At least six Sri Lankan players were injured when terrorists opened fire and launched grenades at the team bus carrying them to the stadium for the second Test.

Sutherland said the attack has forced CA officials into a huddle and they would be going by what the security experts have to say on the forthcoming tour to the Gulf country.

"Of course with any tour we play overseas, it is always subject to the latest security advice we have. We will go through our usual course of pre-tour visits ahead of that tour.

"Within that we reserve judgement at any stage if we feel it is not safe for out team to be in a certain place, we will take appropriate action and the appropriate steps just as we have in the past," he said in a CA statement.