SA to continue Pak tour despite blast
The South African cricket team on Friday decided to continue with their tour of Pakistan after the hosts assured them of top-level security arrangements following last night's bomb blasts on the rally of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto here. However, doubts still remain over the team's playing in the final one-dayer in Karachi on October 29.
South African manager Logan Naidoo said it was natural players were affected by the incident and their feelings went out to the affected families.
“This is not a usual situation for them. They are disturbed by the situation. But they have agreed to go along with advice from the team management which has assured them all safety precautions would be in place to take care of them," he said.
The SA team management, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and security officials met here to assess the situation when the visitors raised security concerns after a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing over 100 people and injuring many others. The visitors were satisfied after a fresh briefing given to them on the security arrangements for their remaining one-day matches at Lahore (Saturday), Faisalabad (Oct 23), Multan (Oct 26) and Karachi (Oct 29).
But Naidoo said the South Africans would continue to monitor the situation. PCB director (cricket operations) Zakir Khan told a press conference that "we met to assure them they were in safe hands".