I had warned Lankans of security lapse in Pakistan: Dickason

Updated: 05 March 2009 16:59 IST

Leading security adviser Reg Dickason has revealed that he had warned Sri Lankan Cricketers Association about the security situation in Pakistan.

I had warned Lankans of security lapse in Pakistan: Dickason

Melbourne:

Leading security adviser Reg Dickason has revealed that he had warned Sri Lankan Cricketers Association about the security situation in Pakistan but no one got back to him for details.

Dickason, an Australian security expert, said he rang the secretary of the Association Graeme Labrooy before the tour.

"I expressed my serious concerns about going to Pakistan. I offered to speak to him further about it and told him to get back to me if there was anything more he needed," Dickason said.

"It (Pakistan) has obviously proven once again to be unsafe. Tragically, it has once and for all laid to rest the claim that international sporting teams are treated differently by terrorist organisations," Dickason told 'The Australian'.

Dickason said he always believed that security in Pakistan was an issue to be taken seriously and never supported arguments that sports-persons are immune to terror attacks.

"I've long held that is certainly not the case. It was my view that the concerns which were raised last year regarding the Champions Trophy hadn't changed. Pakistan is in a volatile situation and travelling there needed careful consideration.

This attack was well planned and executed," he said.

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