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Pakistan not fit to tour yet: Warne

Younus Khan's emotional plea for teams to tour Pakistan notwithstanding, spin great Shane Warne reckons the trouble-torn country is still not safe for the visitors.

cricket Updated: Jun 23, 2009 16:37 IST

Younus Khan's emotional plea for teams to tour Pakistan notwithstanding, spin great Shane Warne reckons the trouble-torn country is still not safe for the visitors.

Warne had sympathy for Younus, his Rajasthan Royals teammate in inaugural Indian Premier League, but the retired Australian felt touring Pakistan is a hazardous proposition.

"It is easy to understand why Younus wants teams to tour his country. Unfortunately, the security risk is too great at the moment," Warne wrote in his column for The Times.

"We all love playing there with the incredible atmosphere and passion inside the grounds, but it is not worth it because of what might happen. The guidance is from governments, not just cricket authorities," he added.

Soon after leading Pakistan to the Twenty20 World Cup triumph, Younus had appealed to all the teams to tour Pakistan, something they have been avoiding in recent past resulting in a virtual isolation of the country.

Warne, meanwhile, felt having another Twenty20 World Cup next year defied logic and said Champions Trophy is a "joke" and should immediately be scratched.