Be ‘kind and patient’ to Australian players withdrawing from Pakistan tour, says ACA chief

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Todd Greenberg assures players he will travel to Pakistan with them; Nick Hockley is also expected to make the trip

Todd Greenberg, head of the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA), assured cricketers across the country that he would travel to Pakistan with the team if the tour was given the green light, and that he would be traveling to Pakistan with the team. agree with “one or two players” the trip.

“I assured the players that they would not go alone,” said Greenberg, as quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald. “If they go to Pakistan I’ll go with them and I think that’s important. It’s a chance to show the players that we’re in the same boat.

“ACA accompanied Cricket Australia on a pre-tour to Pakistan late last year, and the reports were all very positive. But we will continue to follow DFAT’s advice. [Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade] and other government organizations, because we need to be able to satisfy not only the players, but also their families, which it is safe to turn. “

International teams have been reluctant to travel to Pakistan since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009, although international cricket has taken place in the country recently. If Australia gets security clearance to travel, it would be Australia’s first tour of Pakistan since 1998, when Mark Taylor’s side won the three-test series 1-0.

“There may be a player or two who won’t be comfortable despite the best advice we give, and that’s okay, we have to respect that,” said Greenberg.

He stressed that while Australia were keen to fulfill their international commitments, they would allow players to make their own choices. “We have to be kind and patient with each other, and there will be a player or two who say, ‘You know what, it’s not for me at this particular point in my life and my career, I don’t I’m not comfortable going there, “he told SEN Radio at the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney.” If that’s the case, we must have great respect for that. “

AC Managing Director Nick Hockley is also planning to visit Pakistan for at least part of the tour, while Acting President Richard Freudenstein could travel for a period to meet his counterpart Ramiz Raja, unless that a new permanent president will not be chosen by then, according to the report in the newspaper.

Pakistan are expected to host Australia in March-April for three tests, three ODIs and one T20I, with the tests in Karachi, Rawalpindi and Lahore, which will also host all matches in limited numbers.

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