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Symonds may reconsider Pak tour

The second costliest player in the IPL auction, has indicated that he might change his decision of not touring Pakistan.

cricket Updated: Feb 21, 2008 18:46 IST

Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds, the second costliest player in the Indian Premier League's auction, might reconsider his decision of not touring strife-torn Pakistan next month.

Symonds, who had said that he would not be a part of the cricket squad touring Pakistan, has indicated that he might change his decision of not touring Pakistan. "The door's ajar, but you know where I stand on it," Symonds said.

"At the time that happens I'll have to make a decision that I'll have to stand by," he said.

"Safety is at a premium, that's all it is really. Make as big or little a deal out of it as you like, but to me that's the problem we're faced with, otherwise I'd be saying I'll go there and play cricket," he added.

Cricket Australia has still not committed itself on travelling to Pakistan but captain Ricky Ponting and CA spokesman Peter Young have warned that as per the contract Symonds was bound to be a part of the squad on the tour.

"Whether it's unfair or not, we've all signed off on it (the contract). There will be lots of safety and security measures put in place throughout Pakistan over the next few weeks. If it is seen to be safe and you don't go, then I think that's where the breach of your contract would be," Ponting said.

CA spokesman Young also echoed Ponting's opinion. "The situation with the 25 players who have signed CA contracts is that they have signed a contract which binds them to play cricket as and when CA schedules cricket," Young said.

"To not play cricket as and when CA determines would put a player into a breach of contract situation," he added.

The revised Pakistan tour is currently scheduled to start in late March and run for about four weeks, overlapping with the April 18 start of the IPL tournament.