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Safety Concerns Force Cancellation of Australia-Pakistan Cricket Series - 2002-08-09

The Australian Cricket Board on Friday canceled its team's upcoming three-test series in Pakistan amid fears for player safety.

The ACB said it would consider rescheduling the series and playing at a neutral site.

The decision to cancel the event disappointed the head of Pakistan's Cricket Board, saying that if cricket is to flourish, teams have to take risks.

Security concerns prompted by the September 11 terror attacks on the United States and the resulting war in Afghanistan have prompted numerous teams to cancel or reroute their matches in neighboring Pakistan.

Doubts about the tour were raised earlier in the week when gunmen killed six people at a Christian school in Pakistan. A number of Australians were in the school at the time but none were injured.