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Australia postpone Pakistan trip

Cricket Australia have postponed their tour of Pakistan on advice from the Australian government. Chief executive James Sutherland confirmed they would not be travelling for the three-Test series, which was scheduled to start on 29 March, due to security concerns.

There have been a number of bomb blasts in Pakistan since the assassination of the former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, and Sutherland said: "Ultimately the starting point is to look at the Federal Government's advice to Australian travellers to Pakistan and it's not favourable."

The Australian players, particularly the all-rounder Andrew Symonds, had expressed their concerns about going to Pakistan but Sutherland said this was not a factor in Australia postponing the tour.