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Cricket tour of Pakistan postponed.



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THE HON ANDREW ROBB AO MP Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Federal Member for Goldstein

M E D I A R E L E A S E

009/2008 Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

CRICKET TOUR OF PAKISTAN POSTPONED

The postponement of the Australian Cricket team’s tour of Pakistan is the right decision, the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Andrew Robb AO MP, said today.

“The decision by Cricket Australia, in consultation with the Pakistan Cricket Board, to delay the tour due to security concerns is a sensible response to the current situation on the ground in Pakistan,” Mr Robb said.

“While it is disappointing for many members of both teams and so many cricket fans that the tour is not going ahead at the moment, the safety of everybody concerned is the priority.

“I also take this opportunity to remind Australians to reconsider any need to travel to Pakistan due to the current threats and risks.

“Australian authorities continue to warn travellers that there have been credible reports received that indicate terrorists are in the advanced stages of planning attacks that could target Western or Australian interests and individuals and places frequented by foreigners.

“I direct all Australians planning to head overseas to make sure they check out the ‘Smart Traveller’ website at www.smartraveller.gov.au before they depart and while they are overseas,” Mr Robb said.

“I look forward to new dates for the Australian cricket team’s tour of Pakistan being announced in the near future.”

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