ICC to send security on request
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is closely monitoring the developing situation on Australia's troubled tour to Pakistan and will only step in once a final decision is taken by Cricket Australia.
An ICC spokesman said today neither Australia nor Pakistan has as yet asked the world governing body to step in and send their own independent security delegation to assess if it was safe for the Aussies to tour Pakistan.
"If we get a request from any board to send our delegation we can do that and give our feedback. But so far we are also monitoring the situation," ICC spokesman Sami-ul-Hasan told Geo television.
"We are waiting from a request from Cricket Australia. We have read newspaper reports that they plan to make a formal request to the ICC to send an independent delegation to Pakistan.
"We haven't heard anything yet from CA and until we don't get anything in writing or officially, we are not in a position to send a delegation," Hasan said.
Asked what would be the ICC's role if Australia decided not to go ahead with their scheduled tour from March 29, he said there were protocols in place which would be followed in that case.
"As you know since most of the tours are based on government clearance we are waiting to see what the government (of Australia) has to say. The tour is due to start from March 29, we have got some time in hand to see what happens in the next few days," Hasan added.
Some television channels have reported that the ICC might end up sending a delegation to Pakistan within the next three days to save the tour.