Gibbs, Oram withdraw from Pakistan event

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Former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs and former New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram have withdrawn from a T20 event organised in Karachi, Pakistan, after a terrorist attack at the city's airport.

Former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs and former New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram have withdrawn from a T20 event organised in Karachi, Pakistan, after a terrorist attack at the city's airport.

The T20 specialists, who play all over the world, had agreed to play in an event organised by businessman Nadeem Oman and former Pakistan captain Moin Khan. The airport attack on Sunday saw 28 people killed, including 10 attackers.

The duo were set to play for Omar's Associates, and the businessman is still confident he can convince the players to ignore the advice of their agent. Pakistan has not hosted international cricket since 2009 due to security concerns.

Omar said: "We had contacted them through their agent, Imran Shahid and they were very keen to come for the event. 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."

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