Despite a suicide bombing at a mosque in Peshawar, just 184 kilometres from Rawalpindi, where the visitors are playing their first Test in the country in 24 years, the Australian cricket team will continue their trip to Pakistan. “Cricket Australia is in close contact with the Pakistan Cricket Board, their High Commission, and necessary security people, and the historic tour is not in jeopardy,” a source in the board said on Friday, declining to be named.
Since the CEOs of Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association were both in Rawalpindi for the first Test, he claimed, they had been in close contact with their own security officers, the PCB, and the High Commission. “The two officials have been updated on the event in Peshawar, and Cricket Australia, the PCB, and the ACA are all keeping a close eye on the issue as it develops. The Australians, on the other hand, continue to get state-level security during the tour and are in a safe and secure setting “According to the source.
Even when South Africa visited Pakistan for a Test series in 2007, he recalled, a series of bombings occurred in Karachi when former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto returned home from exile in Dubai. “The South Africans proceeded on with their tour and finished it. The Australians are also aware of the security provided to them, and their security staff is on the lookout 24 hours a day, seven days a week, “he stated
Officials from the team are also watching the situation and in contact with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, according to Australian media. The attack in Peshawar took place during Friday prayers at a Shia mosque. The blast killed 56 individuals inside the mosque and injured a large number of others. Australia will finish the series with Test matches in Lahore and Karachi before returning to Rawalpindi for the white-ball series. In Peshawar, they have no planned fixtures. Another source close to Australian team security authorities claimed that Pakistan had learned a lot from the 2009 terrorist attack on Sri Lanka’s team.