LAHORE, February 28: The Australian and Pakistani cricket boards and the government security agencies Monday dismissed a threat, made out to Australian cricketer Ashton Agar, warning him not to undertake the tour to Pakistan.
The threat was sent to Agar’s partner, reportedly on Instagram.
“There are extensive security plans in place for this type of social media activity, which, in this case, is not considered a risk. No further comment will be made at this time,” a statement from Cricket Australia said. The Australian cricket team arrived in Pakistan on Sunday for a tour comprising three Tests, three ODIs and one T20.
“Cricket Australia is aware of a social media post, of which the nature and content have been investigated by the PCB, CA and combined Government security processes.”
Reports in the Australian media said the “Security agencies, CA and the PCB have procedures in place for investigating these kinds of messages that target players and their families. Agar was said to be in good spirits despite the direct message sent to his wife. He is comfortable with the procedures that have been followed.”
The recent threat followed a similar pattern of fake threats that were made to the New Zealand cricket team that too were traced back to accounts being operated from India, security officials said. Asking not to be named he said “Certain quarters in India are seemingly incensed by the rousing welcome to the Australian Team, after 24 years and do not want Pakistan to be seen as a safe and growing country, especially in the foreign media.”
According to information available, a family member of the Australian cricket team received a message on Instagram; urging them not to undertake the visit, as it could have dire consequences.
“This is a warning for your husband Ashton Agar if he comes to tour against Pakistan he won’t come [back] alive.” The message also references Agar’s children, which he does not have,” the message said. – Agencies