Cricket Australia rebuffs ‘death threat’ to Ashton Agar on eve of historic Pakistan series

Cricket Australia, the Pakistan Cricket Board and state security agencies were investigating a death threat sent to Ashton Agar’s partner Madeleine on social media.

Cricket Australia says Ashton Agar's death threat is 'no risk' on the eve of Pakistan series (Reuters Photo)

Cricket Australia says Ashton Agar’s death threat is ‘no risk’ on the eve of Pakistan series (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • CA says Ashton Agar’s death threat ‘no risk’ on eve of Pakistan series
  • Australia landed in Pakistan on Sunday for a multi-format series
  • This is Australia’s first trip to Pakistan since 1998

Cricket Australia and the Pakistan Cricket Board have denied the death threat against all-rounder Ashton Agar on social media on the eve of the historic Pakistan series.

Part of the message reads: “This is a warning to your husband Ashton Agar if he goes on tour against Pakistan he will not come [back] alive.” The message also references Agar’s children, who he does not have.

“Cricket Australia is aware of a social media post the nature and content of which have been investigated by the PCB, CA and combined State Security Agency. 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,” read an official statement.

Australia had landed in Pakistan on Sunday for a multi-format series that included three Tests, three ODIs and a T20I. This is Australia’s first trip to Pakistan since 1998.

“I feel incredibly safe and we have been looked after really well by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Upon arrival there were many security guards. We were straight off the plane and straight to the hotel,” ESPNcricinfo had quoted Cummins as saying on arrival in Pakistan. “We have a pretty good line-up and will be confined to the hotel except for games and training… It’s reassuring and we’re really lucky to be surrounded by so many professionals,” he added.

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