FICA warns against Pakistan Super League

Published Jan 23, 2013 11:44am

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“We can't force the players not to go but I think you'll find the majority, if not all, of current international cricketers will heed that advice and, unfortunately for Pakistan, not participate in this event this year.” -Photo by AFP

LONDON: Cricket's world players union has told its members to avoid the new Twenty20 Super League in Pakistan, due to start in March, on security grounds.

Tim May, chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA), told the BBC on Tuesday: “I think you'll find the majority of current international cricketers will heed our advice.”

The former Australia off-spinner added: “The security consultants came back and said that the risk of touring Pakistan in a cricketing sense is unmanageable.

“I haven't spoken directly to any players but the feedback we are getting from player associations throughout the world is that players are very appreciative and understanding of the advice.

“We can't force the players not to go but I think you'll find the majority, if not all, of current international cricketers will heed that advice and, unfortunately for Pakistan, not participate in this event this year.”

No major international cricket has been played in Pakistan since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus by armed militants in Lahore in March 2009 left eight people dead and seven visiting players wounded.

But Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, speaking in Johannesburg on Tuesday ahead of a three-Test series with South Africa, said it was time for international cricket to resume in his homeland.

“Pakistan is such a big cricketing nation and the world has to think about bringing international cricket back to the country,” he said.

And team manager Naveed Akram Cheema supported Misbah by insisting the security situation in Pakistan was much safer than the outside world realised.

“There is a difference between perception and reality. Other teams do not come to Pakistan on the pretext of security concerns, but it is as safe as any other country in the world,” Cheema said,

Since the Lahore attack, Pakistan have been forced to play home matches abroad at neutral venues, mainly in the United Arab Emirates cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Earlier this month the International Cricket Council (ICC) hailed the advent of Pakistan's new Twenty20 league.

“The announcement of the Twenty20 competition where foreign players will be entitled to come is an initiative on the right path, because what you've got to do is regain the confidence of the cricketing world,” said ICC chief executive David Richardson.

However, the former South Africa wicketkeeper insisted it was beyond the global governing body's power to order a resumption of international cricket in Pakistan, even though it was something they wanted to see.

“It's our role to support Pakistan in its efforts to make sure that international cricket returns to the country,” he said.

“But it's difficult to say exactly when...ICC is not in a position to do (security assessments) when it comes to teams touring and countries make their own decisions.”


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G.A.
Jan 23, 2013 01:40pm
I simply don't understand PCB's logic of trying to bring international cricket to Pakistan. Do they have any idea what Pakistan looks like from abroad? Every time it's in the news it's about some calamity that always involves death. When we cannot protect our military bases and our minorities and cannot bring people to justice, how can we go about assuring foreigners that Pakistan is safe? Perhaps PCB has become desensitized to the regular terrorist attacks.
Anwar Khushab
Jan 23, 2013 01:33pm
Pakistanis are delusional if they think that other countries will risk their players' lives just to bring cricket back to Pakistan. Unfortunately, and I say this as a Pakistani, the country is not at all safe for high profile foreigners. The danger is compounded by authorities who lie and do not believe in accountability. The Sri Lankan team was promised "presidential level security." Did it get it? An investigation into the attack was prepared four years ago. Has it been published? Leaked portions of the report pointed to several police officers who should have been on duty to protect the Sri Lankans were absent from their posts. Have they been held to account? Until these matters are fixed, I am afraid that outside teams will, and should, avoid Pakistan. This is a terrible situation, because 100 percent of Pakistani cricket fans will appreciate and support foreign players, and 99.9 percent of all Pakistanis will not harm anyone, but there are enough ideologically mad persons in Pakistan who get a free hand to practice mayhem.
Khurram
Jan 23, 2013 01:35pm
Even if situation was completely clam and cool, top listed english/aus players would not come to Pakistan in any case unless their country tours. They won't get what they have in Indian :)
Asim
Jan 23, 2013 01:33pm
FICA, why are you so active jumpin up and down....when did you carried out your visit to pakistan for security check up?
HNY2013
Jan 23, 2013 12:44pm
If the players from other countries refuse to come for PSL, will PCB ban our players from going to their countries?
HNY2013
Jan 24, 2013 12:56pm
Galli Cricket League?
Zahid
Jan 23, 2013 03:34pm
No international cricketer should risk playing in Pakistan unless the officials responsible for providing security to the Sri Lankan side are meted out exemplary punishment. The Lankans were promised
Karachi Wala
Jan 23, 2013 03:52pm
Under the current law & order and security situation, it is not a good idea to invite well known international players to participate in PSL. If PCB, players and Public are that desperate to see international cricket back in Pakistan, PCB should invite lesser known international players and make sure tournament starts and ends safely.
AA
Jan 23, 2013 04:12pm
I guess I don't blame FICA but I would to say Thank you to Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA) for the support :(
Keenobserver
Jan 23, 2013 06:25pm
Pakistan should make great cricketing wickets and manage tournament in the most professional way, encourage and market for audience. Give world class hgh defination coverage and make this a venue to be attracted to. eventually they will gain confidence of the international community. It should not be a one time show, neither should it fizzle out or toned down if international showing is negligible. Pakistan has amazing talent and this should be the opportunity for people around the world to se it, even if it is online initially.
SK Dubey
Jan 23, 2013 06:36pm
I think Tim is correct to advice caution. because players of ENG, NZ or Australia r natural target of terrorists due their country's participation in NATO ops.
Imran
Jan 23, 2013 09:03pm
Do we need international players to make our PSL a fantastic event? I believe NO .... We have good players in Pakistan to make this event incredible ...
Amir
Jan 23, 2013 10:34pm
I don't think it is good idea because than Pakistan will be totally isolated.
Hakim
Jan 23, 2013 10:39pm
PCB isn't going to do this. What should PCB do about countries who do not allow Pakistani players take part in their leagues? Should PCB disallow also players from those countries from taking part in PSL? What do you think Mr. HNY2013??
Akil Akhtar
Jan 23, 2013 10:55pm
We should note the Pro active nature of warnings by FICA and other western agencies aginst Pakistan but fail to do anything when bombs go off in india.
Fazal
Jan 24, 2013 12:24am
How can the Punjab or Pak Government guarantee the lives of touring players when the lives of pakistanis living in Pakistan is not guaranteed. I am a Pakistani and would love to see cricket return to Pakistan, but this cannot happen until the conditions in Pakistan improve. The people living in Pakistan are telling their relatives not to visit at this time. What happens if there is an attack against foreign players when they come to play PSL? That will set Pakistan Cricket back another 10 years, not including the potential backlash from other nations. If the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers has taught us anything: it's that our country is not safe. And any police force can be bought out with a few dollars. The PCB is thinking of revenue at this point and are not thinking long term. I am not surprised at this as our Government has been functioning the same way for many years.
Mukesh
Jan 24, 2013 11:08am
The newspapers are enough to find the security situation
Mukesh
Jan 24, 2013 11:06am
Because they know whos behind them
Aamir
Jan 24, 2013 04:32am
FICA given warning to all international players, you know what is the reason because FICA know right now pakistan spending a lot of money so that cricket can come back in pakistan, if they will give statement then may PCB will give them some money but they are thinking wrong, FICA dont accept any money from PCB, YOU GUYS WILL BE DISAPPOINTED, PSL going to be successful.............
HNY2013
Jan 24, 2013 12:54pm
Hakim sahib, I think you got me wrong. In the first place (at present) there are NO top level cricket playing countries who are allowing their players to take part in PSL. If you know of any name em please. They all say that players can go BUT on their own risk. PCB just banned our players from playing in Bangladesh league just because Bangladesh went back on their commitment. What I am trying to say is PSB should not go egoistic about all this. Saying that we will pay insurance of $2million per player, provide presidential level security. This doesnot attract any one. The shooters of Sri Lankan team are yet to be caught and given a trial despite they also being given top security. So at the moment PSB is helpless. Sit tight and lay low, till time is right for international cricket. Jazbati na ho
Asif Khan - Bhopal
Jan 24, 2013 06:28am
Instead of criticizing FICA -lets scan through the news on the frequency of terrorist attacks happening in Pakistan -- what the international spy and security agencies feel about the status of security in Pakistan ?? Its unfortunate that we will not be able see any International sport events happening in Pakistan-- hope things will improve.
SUK
Jan 24, 2013 06:35am
March 2013 would be very close to elections in Pakistan. It is therefore not an ideal time to hold such a global event especially as Pakistan wants to prove a point. PCB should not forget that, in its endeavour to prove the same point, Pakistan miserably failed last time in March 2009. Also learn from BCCI, who moved the second round of their event to South Africa, when it clashed with elections in India. Perhaps, it would be better if some rethinking regarding the event timing is made.
Rafiq Ali
Jan 24, 2013 07:39am
"...but it is as safe as any other country in the world,
Syed
Jan 24, 2013 10:16am
You missed the point totally. see this is why we cannot progress cause we blame our mistakes on the west, it's our scapegoat, how frequently indians die everyday for no reason? for Pakistan it's normal now and I bet it's a joke now when there is no blast and everyone is like "kharityat? aj koi bomber nahi aya", You want to tell the world you can organize a tournament?, first pick up cream of the crop from within, hold a tournament without any security glitch, than expect the outsiders to think about coming to Pakistan. Now you got the point?
Syed
Jan 24, 2013 10:17am
it's called "Living in a Bubble"
Syed
Jan 24, 2013 10:18am
haha, totally !!! btw, it's already there !!!