FICA's advise came a day before Alistair Campbell and security experts arrived in Pakistan to assess the security situation © Getty Images (Representational Image)
FICA’s advise came a day before Alistair Campbell and security experts arrived in Pakistan to assess the security situation © Getty Images (Representational Image)

New Delhi: As Pakistan gets ready to host Zimbabwe in its first proper home series in six years, the Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA) warned against international teams touring the country, stating its security experts had said the “risk is unmanageable”. READ: Zimbabwe Cricket Union convinces players for Pakistan tour

FICA’s advise came a day before Alistair Campbell, the Zimbabwe Cricket managing director, and security experts arrived in Pakistan to assess the security situation ahead of the team’s limited-overs tour of the country later this month. READ: Zimbabwe will put up a great fight when they tour Pakistan, says Dav Whatmore

“The risk assessment that we have received from FICA’s security consultants is that an international tour to Pakistan remains an unacceptable risk and teams are advised against travelling there at present. Although we are sure that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will do what they can regarding a security plan, our experts advise that the risk is unmanageable,” Tony Irish, the FICA executive chairman, said in a statement. READ: Zimbabwe’s tour to Pakistan can revive international cricket there

He added: “We are very concerned about the safety of players and any match officials who may be sent to Pakistan, should this tour go ahead.” READ: ZIM’s decision can help inspire other teams to tour Pakistan, feels Whatmore

Zimbabwe are due to play three ODIs and two T20 internationals in Lahore from May 19 to 31. READ: Zimbabwe’s tour to Pakistan finalised

On March 3, 2009, gunmen had ambushed the vehicles transporting the Sri Lankan players and match officials to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore for the third day of the Test. READ: PCB encourages fans to attend matches

Several players suffered injuries, while security personnel and civilians were killed. Since then, the PCB has not hosted international teams in the country. READ: Pakistan to spend USD 500,000 on Zimbabwe series