'Nothing hypocritical about touring India'
Cricket Australia says that blasts in India do not trigger the kind of security concerns that they do in Pakistan's case but it cannot be accused of hypocrisy if it refuses to tour Pakistan.cricket Updated: Jul 29, 2008 15:50 IST
Blasts in India do not trigger the kind of security concerns that they do in Pakistan's case, says Cricket Australia while insisting that it cannot be accused of hypocrisy if it opts to play in India but refuses to tour Pakistan for the Champions Trophy.
Australia tour India in October and would be carrying out a security inspection in the country next month to assess the situation.
CA spokesman Peter Young said it was a routine exercise and cited the example of the 2005 London bombings after which the Aussies did a security check before deciding to stay back for completing the Ashes series.
"We only go where security advice tells us is safe. The same question was asked about the London bombings during the '05 Ashes tour when we did not go to Pakistan in March," CA's general manager of public affairs Peter Young was quoted as saying by 'The Australian'.
"As far as London was concerned we kept the team out of there until security advice was emphatic that it was safe. We go through the same process every tour. It's as simple as that," he added.