KARACHI: Former Pakistan greats Monday bemoaned the decision to take away the Champions Trophy tournament over security concerns, leaving the cricket-mad country increasingly isolated internationally.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday decided to move the elite eight-nation 2009 series out of Pakistan, marking the third major cricketing event cancelled in the troubled country in 12 months.
"Pakistan has definitely been isolated," former captain Wasim Akram told. "Sure there were security problems in the past but things are getting better and Pakistan deserved more and more cricket at international level." Wasim said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had failed to convince teams the country had become safer.
Former fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz blamed India for pressuring other countries not to play in Pakistan. "Since the Mumbai attacks, India is going all out to isolate Pakistan. India must have pressurised the English-speaking countries not to play in Pakistan," said Nawaz. "The ICC is to be blamed equally. The only thing left for the ICC is throw Pakistan out of international cricket.