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    "I'd be lying if I wasn't worried as you’re going back there when there’s been trouble" : Mark Wood

    Here we go.

    Here's Mark Wood regarding the current situation in Pakistan and the upcoming Test series in the country:

    "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried because you’re going back there when there’s been trouble," Wood said from Sydney on Friday.

    "It's obviously not great, is it? First of all, he's an ex-cricketer so it’s close to home for us. You respect ex-players and everybody who's played the game. It's obviously hugely sad news to hear this news.

    "The security we had [on the recent T20 tour] was fantastic. We were looked after really well."

    "But obviously it's worrying when you're going back there as a cricketer and there's unrest in the country."

    "We trust our security guys. They'll tell us what to do. If they say all is fine then we go, but I don't know if this changes it. It'll be for people above me to decide whatever happens."
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    This is just the beginning. More and more players will come out and express their concerns.

    Pakistani fans can complain all they want, but the fact is that players will always take the always safe than sorry approach with Pakistan simply because of its history.

    Even if there is a slightest rumor or indication, they will be reluctant to tour. They will not give any benefit of doubt to Pakistan and we will continue to get the short end of the stick.

    Giving examples of other countries and crime rates elsewhere means nothing because the context is different here. Pakistan is the only country where a sporting team was directly attacked.

    Pakistan needs to live with this situation and complaining will not help.

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    But countries had no issue touring SL when the war against LTTE was at its peak. Cricket happend in India even after the assasinations of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. the current situation in Pakistan is a byproduct of its internal politics and not terrorism related.

    Would any country refuse to to send its sportspersons to Japan because Shinzo Abe was assasinated? No is the answer. Pakistan deserves the same response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ex-q-zit View Post
    But countries had no issue touring SL when the war against LTTE was at its peak. Cricket happend in India even after the assasinations of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. the current situation in Pakistan is a byproduct of its internal politics and not terrorism related.

    Would any country refuse to to send its sportspersons to Japan because Shinzo Abe was assasinated? No is the answer. Pakistan deserves the same response.
    The answer to your question is the following: terrorism has been strife in Pakistan since 9/11. Why is that teams were willing to play in Pakistan until 2009?

    New Zealand toured Pakistan 12 months after there was a bomb blast outside their hotel in Karachi in 2001.

    There were two assassination attempts on President Musharraf in 2003, but that did not stop India from touring Pakistan only a few months later.

    In 2007, there were 20+ suicide attacks in Pakistan. South Africa still toured.

    In December that year, Benazir was assassinated but few months later, Pakistan still managed to host the Asia Cup.

    By now, you should know the answer to your question. Everything changed for Pakistan after March 2009.

    Teams were still willing to play in Pakistan in spite of all the terrorism in the 2000s because of the belief that (a) terrorists will not target sporting teams and (b) Pakistan will be able to provide adequate security to sporting teams.

    Had the Sri Lankan attack not happened, teams would have continued to tour Pakistan in spite of what was going in Swat in 2009, the APS attack in 2014 and the various other terrorism activities.

    This attack on Imran would also be water under the bridge for cricket teams like the Musharraf attacks in 2003 and Benazir’s assassination.

    However, Pakistan’s unique status as the only country on whose soil a sporting team was directly targeted by terrorists means that Pakistan will not - and should not - get the same treatment and response as India, Japan or anyone else.

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    Terrorism situation has improved 10 folds in the country. You see so many foreigners on youtube traveling freely all across Pakistan without any security. Pakistan was dragged into a proxy war hence had obvious unfortunate consequences but overall situation and security has improved a lot in past 7-8 years, especially since Imran took over the office.

    Now with corrupt leeches ghundas Heading the country who are absolutely incompetent and pathetic at everything, hopefully it won't get bad, but we have already seen attacks from them but only on political and media figures, general population and cities are still all quite safe. Odd incidents happen in all around the world so it's shouldn't be that concerning. Teams will tour Pakistan and I am sure Ramiz will do a good job with the future tours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    The answer to your question is the following: terrorism has been strife in Pakistan since 9/11. Why is that teams were willing to play in Pakistan until 2009?

    New Zealand toured Pakistan 12 months after there was a bomb blast outside their hotel in Karachi in 2001.

    There were two assassination attempts on President Musharraf in 2003, but that did not stop India from touring Pakistan only a few months later.

    In 2007, there were 20+ suicide attacks in Pakistan. South Africa still toured.

    In December that year, Benazir was assassinated but few months later, Pakistan still managed to host the Asia Cup.

    By now, you should know the answer to your question. Everything changed for Pakistan after March 2009.

    Teams were still willing to play in Pakistan in spite of all the terrorism in the 2000s because of the belief that (a) terrorists will not target sporting teams and (b) Pakistan will be able to provide adequate security to sporting teams.

    Had the Sri Lankan attack not happened, teams would have continued to tour Pakistan in spite of what was going in Swat in 2009, the APS attack in 2014 and the various other terrorism activities.

    This attack on Imran would also be water under the bridge for cricket teams like the Musharraf attacks in 2003 and Benazir’s assassination.

    However, Pakistan’s unique status as the only country on whose soil a sporting team was directly targeted by terrorists means that Pakistan will not - and should not - get the same treatment and response as India, Japan or anyone else.
    No you are wrong. Pakistan is not the only country on whose soil sporting team was attacked. In Munich Olympics the Israeli contingent was attacked and killed. Did that make Germany unsafe?

    I agree in 2009 the attack on the Srilankan team shook the entire cricketing world and the reprecussions led to no country touring Pakistan. But now the situation is not the same. Mark himself has said that he was happy with the security provided. This assaination bid is a part of the internal politics of India and shouldn't concern the players.

    Yes, the players have every right to fear for their life but the British embassy in pakistan should assess the situation and if convinced about safety convince the ECB to go ahead with the series.

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    Might become a rebel tours scenario. Not good if we're being honest nobody would feel safe

    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    This is just the beginning. More and more players will come out and express their concerns.

    Pakistani fans can complain all they want, but the fact is that players will always take the always safe than sorry approach with Pakistan simply because of its history.

    Even if there is a slightest rumor or indication, they will be reluctant to tour. They will not give any benefit of doubt to Pakistan and we will continue to get the short end of the stick.

    Giving examples of other countries and crime rates elsewhere means nothing because the context is different here. Pakistan is the only country where a sporting team was directly attacked.

    Pakistan needs to live with this situation and complaining will not help.
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    Not getting good vibes.

    A few days in Pakistan for some T20Is was ok for them,but playing Test matches is a different situation.

    Expect England to do their best to pull out of this tour.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Not getting good vibes.

    A few days in Pakistan for some T20Is was ok for them,but playing Test matches is a different situation.

    Expect England to do their best to pull out of this tour.
    Not going to happen. Britain and Pakistan have close ties and the British government was unhappy with the ECB pulling out of the tour in 2021 without consulting them.

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    Might be a good thing. England can tour later next year when hopefully there will be a new government under IK. Things are too unstable now and the fact we will probably a lose a test series against England in Pakistan would be shameful if played later this year.

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    Don't think there is anything to worry about. I believe teams will tour Pakistan. The security is just top notch.


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    They were playing in India when Indian occupied Kashmir was literally under military lockdown with attrocities being committed. No issues then.

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    Ben Stokes revealed that the England team’s security consultant, Reg Dickason, had visited Pakistan to assess its safety before the Test side’s imminent tour of the country, and that the situation was under constant review in light of last week’s assassination attempt on the former president Imran Khan. “Obviously what happened last week was a bit of a shock to see,” he said. “But Reg has been out there. He’s the best man to assess the situation. Whatever Reg comes back with the players and the people going out on that tour 100% trust him because he’s a man you trust with your life.”

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    Wood is right, we have issues at the moment and Imran Khan was shot. If you can't defend Khan then there are serious issues. The tour can wait till after elections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ex-q-zit View Post
    No you are wrong. Pakistan is not the only country on whose soil sporting team was attacked. In Munich Olympics the Israeli contingent was attacked and killed. Did that make Germany unsafe?

    I agree in 2009 the attack on the Srilankan team shook the entire cricketing world and the reprecussions led to no country touring Pakistan. But now the situation is not the same. Mark himself has said that he was happy with the security provided. This assaination bid is a part of the internal politics of India and shouldn't concern the players.

    Yes, the players have every right to fear for their life but the British embassy in pakistan should assess the situation and if convinced about safety convince the ECB to go ahead with the series.
    Is it something that has been reported or insinuated in the media? And why will India threaten the well being of any player in any sport around the world?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cricket-lion View Post
    Wood is right, we have issues at the moment and Imran Khan was shot. If you can't defend Khan then there are serious issues. The tour can wait till after elections.
    Dont think imran had presidential level security like england will have

    Politicians have been killed and injured in probably every major country in the world This isnt a new phenomena or strictly something thats only happened in pakistan


    If pakistan cricket is to move forward they need to stop going back

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    Wood what a softie. Hope India humiliate him if not then Haris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaz View Post
    Dont think imran had presidential level security like england will have

    Politicians have been killed and injured in probably every major country in the world This isnt a new phenomena or strictly something thats only happened in pakistan
    Imran did not have secruity; period. That is the key difference here.

    Those posting the usual drivel need to find a hobby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaz View Post
    Dont think imran had presidential level security like england will have

    Politicians have been killed and injured in probably every major country in the world This isnt a new phenomena or strictly something thats only happened in pakistan
    Imran Khan will never get presidential security unless he's prime minister again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie007 View Post
    Is it something that has been reported or insinuated in the media? And why will India threaten the well being of any player in any sport around the world?
    It was a typo. I meant internal politics of Pakistan.

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    England can't really afford to dodge another tour of Pakistan if they want to maintain a presence as an international team. There is already a significant shift to T20 competitions provided by national boards. Pakistan are still owed payback for touring England during the Covid crisis.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cpt. Rishwat View Post
    England can't really afford to dodge another tour of Pakistan if they want to maintain a presence as an international team. There is already a significant shift to T20 competitions provided by national boards. Pakistan are still owed payback for touring England during the Covid crisis.
    Yeah they got a lot of flak last time. Don't see any correlation between the Imran news and England touring anyway. If they don't just shows any excuse they won't tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cpt. Rishwat View Post
    England can't really afford to dodge another tour of Pakistan if they want to maintain a presence as an international team. There is already a significant shift to T20 competitions provided by national boards. Pakistan are still owed payback for touring England during the Covid crisis.
    None of that is more important than life and death.

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    IK is a major politician marching against the government. Mark Wood is just a cricketer who will receive PM security as well for what's it's worth. During Aussies recent tour a bomb blast in Peshawar did not discontinue the tour so this tour should go ahead as well. England still owe Pak for touring during the Covid pandemic.


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    Honestly, we should never be upset about something like this. After all, the SL cricket team was attacked by terrorists in Pakistan. It's one thing for there to be political unrest and another for a cricket team to be targeted specifically.

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    LAHORE: England’s tour to Pakistan next month for a three-match Test series is set to be held as per schedule, sources close to the Pakistan Cricket Board told Dawn on Thursday.

    England played seven Twenty20 Internationals against the hosts in Lahore and Karachi in September-October this year in what was a successful tour in terms of boosting Pakistan’s image as a safe and secure venue for full-fledge international cricket.

    An assassination attempt on the country’s former prime minister Imran Khan in Wazirabad last week during the his party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s long march had casted doubts over England’s visit for the Test matches.

    Though the attack forced PTI to suspend the protest, it resumed on Thursday as unrest in Islamabad and Rawalpindi — the venue for the first Test — continued.


    According to sources, the PCB and the England and Wales Cricket Board are in constant contact, with the latter being kept up to date about the latest developments in Pakistan.

    The Rawalpindi Test is scheduled to be held from Dec. 1. The second and third Tests will be held in Multan and Karachi, starting from Dec. 9 and Dec. 17 respectively.

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    England bowler Mark Wood is struggling to be fit for Sunday's T20 World Cup final against Pakistan in Melbourne.

    Wood, 32, missed Thursday's semi-final win over India with a right hip injury.

    He has been the fastest bowler in the tournament and took nine wickets in four matches in the group stage as a crucial part of England's attack.

    "I tried my best to make the last game but I couldn't bowl at the intensity and speeds required to play for England," Wood said.

    Speaking on the BBC's Good Pace for Radio podcast, he added: "I couldn't get my hip going. Hopefully if required I can try and get it right for this game - I don't know if I'll be able to.

    "The team did really well last game - if the captain desperately needs me and I'm fit enough then I'll put my name in the hat like everyone else."

    Wood, who has bowled the quickest delivery at the tournament, at 96.15mph against New Zealand, also broke the record for the fastest spell in white-ball cricket, averaging 92.6mph across his four overs against Afghanistan.

    It is understood batter Dawid Malan, who missed the 10-wicket victory over India with a groin injury is also unlikely to be fit.

    On Friday England coach Matthew Mott told the BBC "there isn't a lot of time for them" but added "I would like to maintain a bit of hope".

    Wood, who missed the entire summer with an elbow injury, also took six wickets in two matches when England won an away series against Pakistan 4-3 in September and October.

    His injury is also of concern given he is a member of England's Test squad for the series in Pakistan, which starts on 1 December.

    His ability to bowl at high pace is seen as vital, given the slow, low surfaces in Pakistan.

    Fellow England bowler and co-host Tymal Mills revealed on the podcast the pair had to complete a 300m trip for breakfast from their team hotel in Adelaide on an electric scooter, because Wood was struggling to walk.

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    He does know that two mps were killed in uk in recent times.

    Theres always element of racism and somehow we superior.

    It like you mum says to you as a child dont go their scary monsters live their, you keep on saying it you actually start to believe it..

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    England will get the same Presidential security package as before, which helped to deliver a great series of T20Is. They will be safe in this case and I hope they tour for the Tests, because it would be a great examination and learning experience for many of the England red ball players.

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    PCB Could Be Forced To Move First Test Against England From Rawalpindi: Reports

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) might be forced to move the first Test against England from Rawalpindi to another venue because of the prevailing political uncertainty due to the long march by opposition leader, Imran Khan. After some of the England Test players including captain Ben Stokes made it clear that they were concerned after the assassination attempt on former premier Imran Khan, sources said the PCB is considering moving the first Test. A source said that since Imran's protest march will enter Islamabad from Rawalpindi and he plans to set up a camp in the capital, the board has sought advice from the district administration in Pindi and concerned ministries.

    "The PCB will most likely act on advice from the administration and security officials but indications are they might play it safe and move the match to Karachi which is also supposed to stage the third test," the source said.

    The first Test is scheduled from December 1, with the England squad reaching Islamabad on November 27.

    This will be England's first visit to Pakistan since 2005/06. The second Test is scheduled in Multan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Not getting good vibes.

    A few days in Pakistan for some T20Is was ok for them,but playing Test matches is a different situation.

    Expect England to do their best to pull out of this tour.

    They can send their B team then. There is always someone willing to take the chance. So far no one has pulled out of the next PSL.

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    As per a report:

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is confident that the Test series will resume on December 1 in Rawalpindi.

    England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) security advisor Reg Dickason is in Pakistan to assess the security arrangements. Rawalpindi has been a sight of protest since the assassination attempt on former Prime Minister Imran Khan almost two weeks ago.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    As per a report:

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is confident that the Test series will resume on December 1 in Rawalpindi.

    England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) security advisor Reg Dickason is in Pakistan to assess the security arrangements. Rawalpindi has been a sight of protest since the assassination attempt on former Prime Minister Imran Khan almost two weeks ago.
    iA everything works out. Years of hard work to get cricket back in Pakistan on the line again.

    As much as we like to take it out on PCB, gotta give them credit for trying their hardest every year to get cricket back home.

    Yes OBVIOUSLY finances are a huge part of it, but at the end the fans back home benefit too. Pakistan is a cricket loving nation. Home games are essential.

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    As an Indian fan, I desire 2 things -

    1. Big teams touring Pakistan regularly for Test matches.

    2. PCB producing good/decent pitches for those Test matches.

    I'm not missing a single Test played in Pakistan in the next couple of months. Make no mistake, I want Pakistan to lose, but I also want to see good cricket.


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    England’s historic Test return to Pakistan will begin as planned in Rawalpindi after contingency plans to move the first match of the series were shelved.

    Ben Stokes’ side are set to play a three-match series in the country next month, their first in 17 years due to longstanding security concerns, but were facing late uncertainty over the venue for the opening clash on December 1.

    Alternative arrangements were being assessed by the Pakistan Cricket Board due to ongoing political unrest following the shooting of former Prime Minister and cricket great Imran Khan.

    Khan was shot in the leg at a protest rally against the government last month, escalating tensions in the region, and there were concerns that his supporters’ march towards the capital, Islamabad, would affect the England Test at the nearby Pindi Stadium.

    But the England and Wales Cricket Board has kept a constant dialogue open with the PCB, which hosted a seamless seven-game T20 series between the sides just weeks ago, and the local authorities have offered sufficient assurances that the match will proceed without disruption.

    The ECB has been in contact with the foreign and commonwealth office over the trip, though much of its decision-making process hinges around the advice of its trusted security adviser Reg Dickason.

    PA news agency understands Dickason’s team have not made a fresh security assessment of the area, having previously vetted and approved arrangements for games in Rawalpindi, Multan and Karachi.

    Mark Wood, who was in Australia on England’s triumphant T20 World Cup campaign when news of the shooting broke, admitted developments had caused concern.

    “We were looked after really well (during the T20 tour), but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried because you’re going back there when there’s been trouble,” he said earlier this month.

    “It’ll be for people above me to decide whatever happens. But obviously it’s worrying when you’re going back there as a cricketer and there’s unrest in the country.”

    England are due to arrive into Islamabad on November 26 following a training camp and warm-up match against England Lions in Abu Dhabi.

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    Imran holds out assurance on Rawalpindi test match
    PTI chief meets UK high commissioner, PCB chairman; addresses seminar on economy in Karachi

    LAHORE:
    Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan assured the British High Commissioner Christian Turner and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja that his party’s ‘Haqeeqi Azadi’ [real freedom] March would not hinder the first cricket Test between Pakistan and England in Rawalpindi.

    Imran met Turner and Raja at his Zaman Park residence. They enquired after the health of the former prime minister and condemned the gun attack on him during the long march in Wazirabad on November 3. They also discussed matters of mutual interest.

    Imran has given the call for the convergence of his supporters in Rawalpinidi on Saturday. The next day, the England cricket team will arrive in the federal capital to play the Test series against Pakistan after a gap of 17 years. The first Test will start at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on December 1.

    Imran assured that the PTI long march would not affect the Rawalpindi Test. “You continue the preparations, there will be no hindrance to the Pindi Test due to our movement,” Imran told the British high commissioner and the PCB chairman.

    Separately, the PTI chairman addressed a seminar on the performance of the economy and the challenges, organised by the PTI's economic cell in Karachi via a video link. In his address, Imran supported a presidential form of government in the country. “There is stability in the presidential system,” Imran said.

    Speaking about the economic challenges facing the country, Imran said that when the PTI came to power in 2018, the situation was very bad and the first year of the government was very difficult. Had Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates not cooperated, the country’s survival would have been at stake.

    Then, the PTI chairman added, came coronavirus and the European countries went into lockdown. “But we did not do it [lockdown] in Pakistan. What would have happened to the daily-wage earners if there was a lockdown,” he asked. “We increased employment opportunities by giving incentives to construction industry.”

    The former prime minister said that because of the two families, who governed the country in the 1990s, the economy started deteriorating. “No genius will be able to fix the economy until there is political stability. Until elections are held, there will be no political stability in the country,” he added.

    He stressed that the presidential system provided stability, adding that good governance could not be established in the country until the rule of law was improved. “There are mafias everywhere and the biggest one is the real estate mafia, you cannot imagine what its power is?”

    “Government land worth Rs1,200 billion is occupied in Islamabad alone,” Imran said. “We wanted to raise taxes using technology but these people sitting inside did not want that. Imran emphasised that the PTI did not need to run an election campaign because it would come to power anyway.

    To improve the economic situation, Imran suggested various measures. “All [relevant] people have to focus on bringing dollars into the country,” he said, adding that around 10 million Pakistanis living abroad should be given investment opportunities.

    He also suggested measures to give amnesty to only those who invested in the industry to whiten their black money. The former prime minister told the seminar participants that there was a lot of potential in various sectors of the economy, including tourism.

    Imran repeated his call for purchasing Russian oil, which was available at much cheaper rates. “We should have bought oil from Russia. We could have convinced America about buying the cheap oil. In his address, Imran also insisted that governments should come for five years.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2387587...ndi-test-match

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    PTI asked to change sit-in venue due to Test match

    RAWALPINDI: The local administration of Rawalpindi has asked the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) to change the venue of its planned sit-in from Faizabad to some other place in the city in order to avoid any inconvenience to the visiting English cricket team who are due to play a Test match at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium from Dec 1, sources told Dawn on Wednesday.

    The request for the change of venue to the PTI had been made by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rawalpindi Shoaib Ali during a meeting with party’s secretary general Asad Umar and president of the party’s Rawalpindi chapter Wasiq Qayyum Abbasi here on Wednesday.

    However, the PTI leader had informed the DC that he would convey the proposal for a new venue to his party leadership and would respond accordingly, the sources said.

    According to the sources, the administration had offered the PTI that it could hold the protest either at the historic Liaquat Bagh or the 6th Road Flyover as the two places are away from the cricketing venue.

    The administration has made the request to the PTI in the wake of the reports that the PTI may prolong its protest after converting it into a sit-in. Moreover, though the Test match is scheduled to start on Dec 1, the two teams will be required to be transported to the stadium for practice sessions before formal start of the match.

    PTI Chairman Imran Khan has given the call to its workers to reach Rawalpindi on Nov 26 in connection with the Haqeeqi Azadi March which he had begun from Lahore on Oct 28.

    The PTI’s Rawalpindi president had submitted an application to the DC on Nov 20, seeking for provision of security and other facilities for the planned Nov 26 public gathering or sit-in at Faizabad Intersection on Murree Road. The intersection falls on the way to the cricket stadium from the hotel in Islamabad where the two cricket teams will be staying. The cricket stadium is situated less than three kilometers from Faizabad.

    Moreover, the district administration has also asked the PTI leader that the venue of the proposed public gathering or sit-in should not be close to government buildings or sensitive installations in the prevailing security situation.

    England’s cricket team is expected to arrive in Islamabad on Nov 27 — a day after the PTI’s planned public gathering or sit-in.

    On Tuesday, the PTI chief had reportedly assured the British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja that the forthcoming long march would not disturb the Test series.

    The assurance came from the former prime minister during his meeting with Mr Turner and Mr Raja in their joint meeting with him at his Zaman Park residence during which Mr Khan was informed about the importance of England team’s tour to Pakistan.

    The British high commissioner and the PCB chairman had also expressed their concerns that the security of the tourists might be compromised in case of political unrest in the country.

    After a long gap of 17 years, England toured Pakistan prior to this year’s T20 World Cup to play a seven-match T20 series which the tourists won 4-3.

    The English Test team is scheduled to tour Pakistan for the second leg comprising three Tests to be played in Rawal*pindi, (Dec 1-5), Multan (Dec 9-13) and Karachi (Dec 17-21).

    Imran Khan, Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup-winning captain, during the meeting was told that the said series was crucial for cricket of both the countries and therefore, it needed to be free from any possible security-related issue.

    In response, Mr Khan reportedly assured the two visitors that his party workers would not interrupt the Raw*alpindi Test, and emphasised that his political campaign would not be a security threat for the English team.

    It is unconfirmed if Mr Raja had gone to Zaman Park after getting clearance from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who is also PCB’s patron-in-chief and Mr Khan’s staunch political opponent .

    The Rawalpindi city is part of the Punjab government, where PTI is in power. Therefore, arranging and maintaining security in the city is the direct responsibility of the provincial government.

    Meanwhile, the Divisional Intellig*ence Committee held a meeting on in Rawalpindi on Wednesday to discuss the security and traffic arrangements for the Pakistan-England Test match.

    DAWN

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