Gibbs and Oram pull out of T20 tournament in Pakistan following attack on Karachi airport

"Even now we are trying to convince them they can come and play safely in Karachi"

“Even now we are trying to convince them they can come and play safely in Karachi”

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Former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs and New Zealand pace bowler Jacob Oram have pulled out of a Twenty20 tournament being held in Karachi after terrorists attacked the city’s airport, leaving 29 people dead.

The tournament was organised by entrepreneur Nadeem Omar, who invited Gibbs and Oram to play for his side Omar Associates.

“We had contacted them through their agent, Imran Shahid, and they were very keen to come for the event,” Omar said. “But now their agent has said they have been advised against travelling to Karachi.

“But in Gibbs and Oram’s case we were very confident they would come and even now we are trying to convince them they can come and play safely in Karachi.”

The attack on Karachi’s airport has not done anything to help Pakistan’s safety issues in the eyes of the cricketing world. Pakistan have not hosted an international match since the Sri Lankan national team were ambushed by armed militants in March 2009.

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