Much electronic ink has been refreshed on the topic of the Champions Trophy and playing in Pakistan. Here's Amit Bajaj's take on the contrast between the BCCI and ACA:
The ACA has given more weightage to the report given by Reg Dickason,
based on his short stay in Karachi. You can't blame the PCB for being
unhappy as the ACA has largely ignored the more comprehensive report
provided by Nicholls Steyn, the security experts hired by the ICC.
BCCI's stand is not any show of bravado - it just shows a more
intelligent understanding of the situation in Pakistan. Imran Khan does
have a point when he points out that no cricket team or player has been
the target of any terrorist activity ever. With the Australian players,
it looks like their wives, girlfriends and the ACA have a bigger
influence on their decision than an official ICC report. What remains
to be seen now is how Cricket Australia reacts. Or will it be ICC that
comes to its rescue?!
Here's Ottayan on the relationship between the ACA and the Players' Association in Australia:
However, yesterday’s statement from the Player’s Association that they
will not play in Pakistan has added a new twist to the story. ICC feels
that Cricket Australia is using the Players Association to escape
making a decision.
In fact, an ICC source,
who refused to be named, questioned whether the governing boards were
hiding behind their "players" so as not to further antagonise India and
the powerful Asian bloc which effectively rules the game.
This seems disingenuous to me at best. What on earth is wrong with having a Players' Association that wants to look after its members? There argument is wrong-headed, but they should have some input into the process surely?
Ottayan also links to an article by Mukul Kesavan on Indian batsmen and Ajantha Mendis. And, finally, Kartikeya also on the Fab Four as media project.