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Bangladesh cancel Pakistan tour due to security concerns

Bangladesh cancel Pakistan tour due to security concerns

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UPDATED:

12:20 GMT, 31 December 2012

Bangladesh have called off their upcoming tour of Pakistan because of security concerns.

No international cricket has been played in Pakistan since the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked in Lahore in 2009.

Six Sri Lankan players were wounded when
gunmen opened fire on their coach as they were being driven to the Gaddafi Stadium for a Test match.

The news will be a bitter pill to swallow for Pakistan having recently resolved another major dispute to resume bilateral ties with India after five years.

Wounded: Six Sri Lankan players were hurt when their bus was shot at in Lahore in 2009

Wounded: Six Sri Lankan players were hurt when their bus was shot at in Lahore in 2009

Wounded: Six Sri Lankan players were hurt when their bus was shot at in Lahore in 2009

'Bangladesh will not visit Pakistan for now,' said Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan.

'We have noticed that the security situation in Pakistan has not improved significantly, (it has) rather deteriorated.

'In this circumstance, we think it will not be very wise to tour. We
have conveyed our decision to Pakistan already. We are observing the
situation. If the situation improves we will keep our commitment.

'We have made a commitment to travel to Pakistan but we believe that the security of players and officials are the most important thing.'

Pakistan have been playing 'home' series in the United Arab Emirates as well as hosting Australia in England in 2010 for two Tests and two Twenty20s.

They recently hosted two Twenty20s against a World XI featuring Sanath Jayasuriya and Andre Nel.

Emmanuel Adebayor says quitting Togo squad has nothing to do with money

Money has nothing to do with it! Adebayor lashes out at critics after pulling out of Togo squad

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UPDATED:

12:52 GMT, 23 December 2012

Emmanuel Adebayor has defended his position on staying away from the African Cup of Nations despite criticism from his countrymen.

The Tottenham striker has withdrawn from Togo's squad for the tournament which begins in January in South Africa.

Adebayor, 28, was on the Togo team bus when it was attacked by gunmen when the tournament was held in Angola in 2010.

Issue: Emmanuel Adebayor says money has nothing to do with refusing to play for Togo

Issue: Emmanuel Adebayor says money has nothing to do with refusing to play for Togo

He is still worried about the organisation and unprofessionalism of his country's football association.

Adebayor refuted claims from detractors that the reason he is missing the tournament is because of unpaid bonus payments.

'I am hearing people saying I do not want to go to the African Nations Cup because of unpaid bonuses,' he told The Sun Sunday.

'I do not need a bonus from Togo — it is 1,000 per game.

'I would not refuse to play for my country over money. It is all about the organisation — or lack of it.

'I was on the bus in Angola when people died in front of me. I held them as they died.

'Even the government do not want to pay for the treatment for the people who survived. It is not right.

'It is a terrible situation. After we qualified for South Africa I told them we had to sort things out.

'I said we needed a good organisation otherwise I was not going. Now we are going to South Africa and nothing has changed.

Clash: Adebayor is unimpressed with Togo's organisation and safety standards

Clash: Adebayor is unimpressed with Togo's organisation and safety standards

'South Africa is a good place but you never know what will happen so we need to be organised — but Togo will not be. That is why I am not going.'

He continued: 'When I go back to play for Togo, most of the time they never even pay me back for the air fare.

'That does not matter. This is not about money as I am lucky to earn a good living. This is about the safety.

'I have paid for other players as well as they often go to an airport in another country to fly home but there is no ticket waiting for them.

Horror: Adebayor is still fearful for his safety when travelling with Togo

Horror: Adebayor is still fearful for his safety when travelling with Togo

'Or we go to a hotel for a game and no one has booked the rooms. Sometimes there are only 10 rooms booked for the entire travelling squad.

'There should be 20 rooms booked, not 10, so we have to pay the extra. We could be in a hotel where the toilets do not work.'

Sam Allardyce relieved after West ham duo Mohamed Diame and Guy Demel escape unharmed from riot

Allardyce relieved after Hammers duo Diame and Demel escape unscathed from riot

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UPDATED:

23:29 GMT, 18 October 2012

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce fears players involved in the Africa Cup of Nations are putting their lives at risk.

Hammers midfielder Mohamed Diame was
caught up in the riot that forced last week's qualifier between his
Senegal side and Ivory Coast to be abandoned.

His West Ham team-mate Guy Demel was
at the game but did not play for Ivory Coast because of injury.
Allardyce was relieved both returned to the club unharmed.

Danger: Riot police escort Ivory Coast players off the pitch

Danger: Riot police escort Ivory Coast players off the pitch

In 2010, Emmanuel Adebayor was part of the Togo squad whose coach was ambushed by gunmen in Angola. Three people were killed and seven wounded.

Allardyce said: 'The Africa Cup of Nations has always been a bigger concern than any other tournament because of the volatile nature of those nations. There's been times when it's been unsavoury – but it has been brushed under the carpet. I hope this one doesn't because what happened in Senegal is worse than what happened in Serbia.

'You wouldn't be shocked about any player retiring from international football because of that.'

Former Bolton and Newcastle boss Allardyce added: 'I had Lomana LuaLua come back from playing for Congo and said he feared for his life and El Hadji Diouf gave up playing for Senegal because of the trouble he went through.

Senegalese security officials evacuate Ivory Coast's national soccer team players from the pitch

'It's difficult for those players to be brave enough to do that because of the pressure they and their families might be put under.

'FIFA should sort it out. They have to put the sanctions up to fit the crime.'

Allardyce has questioned the sense of Winston Reid's call-up by New Zealand for their internationals with Tahiti over the past week.

Reid remains in doubt for West Ham's Barclays Premier League fixture with Southampton this weekend, much to Allardyce's frustration.

'I don't see any sense in calling them over and particularly that far, because they are injured. I don't see any sense it in at all,' he said.

'I also think there was an underlining factor that they didn't trust him or us that he was injured.

'There's another underlining factor that tells me that the players are brought there and then they're put under enormous pressure to play, because of the loyalties to the country by the coaches and certain political elements which they have to resist.

'On one hand I'm all for international football but it doesn't make any sense to take them because they can't play. I don't understand that at all,' he said.