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Pakistan fears bomb
put foreign cricketers
off Lahore final
cricket fans fear foreign
players will avoid com-
peting in the Pakistan
Super League final in
Lahore after a suicide
bomber killed 13 people
there on Monday.
The five-team PSL be-
gan last week in the Unit-
ed Arab Emirates, and the
final on March 5 is set for
The Pakistan Cricket
Board wanted to prove
how safe Lahore was since
a terrorist attack in 2009
against the Sri Lanka team
put off all major interna-
tional teams, and last week
it guaranteed "foolproof
security" for the PSL finalists.
But a bomber targeting police escort-
ing a rally by pharmacists likely ruined
"I wanted the whole PSL in Paki-
stan, not only just the final," cricket-
er-turned-politician Imran Khan said
in Lahore on Tuesday.
"But the problem is that when terror-
ism happens, it gets highlighted more,
and foreigners get scared."
In a statement, Pakistani army
chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa said
the "army will extend full support to
all concerned" to organise
the PSL final in Lahore as
Before the bombing, PSL
chairman Najam Sethi was
confident a large number
of foreign players would
appear in the final.
"Obviously, people will
be more wary and scared
---they were already and
now will be more," Sethi
said late Monday.
"Now I will have to start
all over again. I cannot say
that we will be successful
or not because (the play-
ers) have families, they
will have their associations
which will guide them."
Sethi said he now wants
to poll the Pakistan public,
and let them decide whether they want
to see the final in Lahore---most likely
without foreign players---or Dubai again
probably with overseas players.
Sethi said he still wanted Lahore to
host the final, with or without foreign
"I want cricket lovers to tell me...what
do they want? Whatever they want, we
will do," Sethi said.
Last month, the Federation of Inter-
national Cricketers' Association warned
foreign players not to travel to Pakistan.
In this Monday, April 11,
2016 file photo,
cricketer turned politician
talks to reporters in
Pakistan's Khalid Latif has been suspended by the PCB.
Virat Kohli (captain),
Murali Vijay, Lokesh Ra-
hul, Cheteshwar Pujara,
Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhi-
man Saha, Ravi Ashwin,
Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant
Kumar, Umesh Yadav,
Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav,
Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav
Mukund, Hardik Pandya.
selectors have stuck
with a winning com-
bination, retaining the
16-man squad from the
test victory over Bang-
ladesh for the first two
Tests against Australia.
India beat Bangladesh
by 208 runs in a one-off
test on Monday, follow-
ing home series wins
over England and New
Zealand, and will start
the four-match series
against Australia as hot
Australia holds the
phy after winning the
four-match series 2-0
in Australia in 2014-15,
but was swept 4-0 in the
previous tour to India and
has lost its last nine test
matches in Asia.
Australia will play a
tigation into spot-fixing in
cricket has spread to Britain
with the arrest of two men on
suspicion of bribery offenses.
The London-based National
Crime Agency announced that
the unnamed men in their thir-
ties were held on Monday "as
part of an ongoing investigation
into international cricket match
spot-fixing." They were released
on police bail until April pending
The arrests come after three
players were suspended by the
Pakistan Cricket Board as part of
its investigation into corruption
in the Pakistan Super League.
"As part of the ongoing inves-
tigation we are working closely
with the Pakistan Cricket Board
and International Cricket Coun-
cil's anti-corruption units," the
National Crime Agency said on
Tuesday. "The Pakistan Cricket
Board has launched its own in-
vestigation which has resulted in
the suspension of three players."
Nasir Jamshed, who has repre-
sented Pakistan's national teams
but is not part of any Pakistan Su-
per League franchise, was sus-
pended on Monday after being
accused of breaching the PCB's
The other two suspended
players---Khalid Latif and Shar-
jeel Khan ---play for Islamabad
United in the league which is
being played in the United Arab
The PCB has also questioned
Zulfiqar Babar of Quetta Glad-
iators and Shazaib Hassan of
Karachi Kings, who all are free
to continue playing.
British police arrest 2 in cricket spot-fixing case
India retains winning squad for first 2 tests
warmup against an In-
dian XI this week, and the first test starts on
February 23 in Pune.
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