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SA to reconsider decision today

United Cricket Board of South Africa will on Monday reconsider its decision to call off the national team's tour to Pakistan.

india Updated: Sep 22, 2003 13:31 IST

The United Cricket Board of South Africa will on Monday reconsider its decision to call off the national team's six-week tour to Pakistan.

UCB media liaison officer, Bronwyn Wilkinson said that they had received a new proposal from the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Board would discuss the matter.

Wilkinson issued the statement against the background of heated debate here as to whether or not South Africa should have called off the tour, to play three tests and three one-day internationals, at the last minute on Friday.

The UCB cancelled the tour on the eve of the team's departure for Karachi following a bomb blast in an office block in the Pakistan's port city.

Wilkinson would not be drawn into the controversy but said that the UCB would make a decision on reviving or rescheduling the tour later on Monday.

Meanwhile, the South African people had mixed reactions to their team's last minute pull out. While some people have called it a prudent decision others expressed their disappointment.

Many cricket commentators opined that violence was the order of the day in many parts of the world but sports and yet sports fixtures had not been cancelled.

A prominent leader of the black consciousness Azanian People's Organisation, Dan Habedi said South Africa was learning fast from "imperialist" countries how to deal with third world countries.

"One gets the impression that if a similar bomb that went off in Karachi had gone off in London, it could have been described in little terms, and much would have been made of the fact that no one was killed," he said.

"But because this happened in Pakistan, much is read into the Friday bomb. We are fast assimilating imperialist ways of doing things."

Former South African fast bowler and ICC match referee, Mike Proctor, who did duty in the just concluded Pakistan-Bangladesh series was quoted here as saying he was "very very disappointed."

"The security and arrangements in this series were excellent and I have noticed no change in the situation since I arrived in Karachi at the weekend. I am deeply, deeply disappointed, but hope that this is not the end. The next 48 to 90 hours are crucial in deciding the next step," Proctor said.

First Published: Sep 22, 2003 12:34 IST