The international cricketers’ association says there is still an “unacceptable risk” for foreign teams touring Pakistan and advises that Zimbabwe’s visit this month not go ahead.

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Dav Whatmore

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Zimbabwe have agreed to become the first full member of the International Cricket Council to play in Pakistan since a deadly gun attack targeted a visiting team in 2009. Six police officials and a driver were killed in that assault on the Sri Lankan team bus.

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Tony Irish, executive chairman of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations, wrote in an email to the Associated Press on Monday that “an international tour to Pakistan remains an unacceptable risk”.

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Irish said FICA’s security consultants advise that teams should not travel because “the security environment cannot be controlled or influenced to an extent that the risk becomes acceptable”.