Players' union advises members not to travel to Pakistan


Cricket’s world players’ union has advised its members to avoid the new Twenty20 Super League in Pakistan because of the threat of terrorism.

The Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (Fica) say most international players are reluctant to play a part in the tournament, which will feature five teams and is scheduled to begin in March.

Fica chief executive Tim May told BBC Sport: “I think you’ll find the majority of current international cricketers will heed our advice.”

Former Australia spin bowler May 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 the majority, if not all, will heed that advice.”

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