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ISLAMABAD---The ICC will not be
sending match officials to Pakistan
due to security concerns ahead of next
week s limited-overs cricket series
between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in
the eastern city of Lahore.
"The decision has been made after
receiving a report from its (ICC) security
consultant," the game s governing body
said in a statement yesterday.
The ICC also said that the two
Twenty20 and three ODI matches, to
be played May 22-31 at Gaddafi Sta-
dium, will be considered "official"
The Pakistan Cricket Board said Zim-
babwe umpire Russell Tiffin will be
one of the two on-field umpires for all
three one-day internationals. Pakistan s
Aleem Dar, who is on the ICC s Elite
Panel of Umpires, will be among the
local umpires appointed by the PCB at
the other end.
Pakistan selection committee mem-
ber Azhar Khan will be the match ref-
eree for the entire tour.
Zimbabwe is scheduled to arrive on
Tuesday and will be the first test-play-
ing nation to tour Pakistan in the six
years since gunmen attacked a Sri Lanka
team bus in Lahore. Six police officials
and a van driver were killed during the
ambush while several Sri Lankan crick-
eters were wounded.
Earlier this month the Federation of
International Cricketers Association
(FICA) warned against international
teams touring Pakistan, saying the risk
"The risk assessment that we have
received from FICA s security consult-
ants is that an international tour to
Pakistan remains an unacceptable risk
and teams are advised against travelling
there at present," FICA executive chair-
man Tony Irish said.
In Lahore on Sunday, PCB officials
finalized security arrangements for
Zimbabwe s team with police and
Security personnel in plain clothes
searched the surroundings of Gaddafi
Stadium with sniffer dogs.
Provincial minister Shuja Khanzada
said that the visitors will be treated as
state guests and the federal government
will provide a helicopter for aerial sur-
veillance during their travel from airport
to hotel and stadium.
"These are the most difficult times
for Pakistan...We have to use all the
means to ensure the tour is safe," Khan-
zada told reporters, adding that "if we
organize these matches successfully
there are lots of other (foreign) teams
which are monitoring it and will play
in Pakistan soon."
Another provincial minister Rana
Mashood claimed that the sale of tick-
ets, which began Saturday, was going
"big" and he hoped the 27,000-capac-
ity Gaddafi Stadium would be sold out
for all five matches.
Zimbabwe coach Dav Whatmore,
who spent two years as Pakistan team
coach, said in a tweet that he was keen
to arrive in Lahore.
"Looking fwd to returning to Pakistan
as opposition coach and reacquainting
with friends. Team zim are & will be
working hard for a win!" Whatmore
A cricket fan buys a ticket for next week's cricket series between Pakistan and
Zimbabwe at a superstore in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday. Zimbabwe Cricket has
officially confirmed it will be sending its team to Pakistan as per schedule next
week, a Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman said. AP PHOTO
to send match
Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin retires from one-day cricket
wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has
announced his retirement from
one-day international cricket
as he prepares to fly out for
Australia s test tours of the
West Indies and Britain on
Haddin s 126-match one-day
international career began
against Zimbabwe at Hobart in
January 2001 and ended with
Australia s Cricket World Cup
victory over New Zealand at
the Melbourne Cricket Ground
on March 29.
The 37-year-old Haddin
claimed 170 catches and 11
stumpings in his ODI career,
leaving him with the third-most
dismissals for a wicketkeeper
in Australia behind Adam
Gilchrist and Ian Healy. Haddin
scored 3,122 runs at an average
of 31.53 with a top score of 110.
Haddin says "now is the right
time to walk away."
Australia captain feels for mate Pietersen
SYDNEY---Australian test cap-
tain Michael Clarke says he feels
for Kevin Pietersen and would
like to see him back in the Eng-
land cricket side --- to a degree.
Andrew Strauss, England s
new director of cricket, last week
said a "massive trust issue"
would prevent the hard-hitting
batsman from returning to the
Clarke will captain the South
African-born Pietersen in the
Melbourne Stars Big Bash
Twenty20 side next season.
"There s probably two sides
for me: there s the personal side
where obviously I feel for KP,
because I get on well with him
and I d love to see him back play-
ing for England," Clarke said at
Sydney Airport on Sunday before
leaving for a two-test Australian
tour of the West Indies.
"His form has been outstand-
ing and he s still a great player
and I know he wants to play, so
I feel for him on that side. The
other side (is) we go there soon
to play against England, so any
team without Kevin Pietersen in
it I don t think is as strong."
Clarke, who was sidelined by
back and hamstring injuries in
the lead-up to Australia s World
Cup win last month, said he felt
fit and healthy.
Australia plays a three-day
tour match against a West Indies
Cricket Board XI at North Sound,
Antigua from May 27-29, fol-
lowed by test matches in Roseau,
Dominica from June 3-7 and in
Kingston, Jamaica from June 11-
15.The Ashes begin with the first
of five test matches in Cardiff,
Wales on July 8.
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