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Pakistan carry on with tour

English county expecting one-dayer against tourists to go ahead

Taunton: Venue for Pakistan's next fixture on their tour of England

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Pakistan are expected to continue with their tour of England after travelling from London to Taunton ahead of a fixture against Somerset.

"This game has been looked forward to by many of our supporters and members and we think they will give the Pakistan team a warm welcome"

Someset chief executive Richard Gould

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Pakistan's squad find themselves firmly in the media spotlight after allegations of 'spot-fixing' during the fourth Test against England at Lord's.

The controversy has led to concerns over the rest of the tour with two Twenty20 fixtures and a five-match NatWest Series still to be played.

However the tourists left their hotel in the capital and made the journey to the west country to proceed as planned with the one-day leg of their tour.

Their next outing is on Thursday against Somerset with the English county's chief executive Richard Gould insisting Pakistan would be given a "warm welcome".

Net session

"We have had contact with the England and Wales Cricket Board and we expect the Pakistan team to arrive in the next 24 hours," Gould said.

"They have a net session booked in for Wednesday and if they want anything else we will be happy to provide it.

"We always consider games not going ahead because if it rains we can't play but as far as we are aware the game will go ahead and we have got a crowd that is looking forward to it."

Asked whether there were any concerns over a potential fan protest at the ground, Gould added: "We prepare for all contingencies but we think that is the furthest thing from what is likely to happen at Somerset.

"This game has been looked forward to by many of our supporters and members and we think they will give the Pakistan team a warm welcome."

Director of cricket Brian Rose said Somerset's players, who clinched a semi-final place in the Clydesdale Bank 40 with victory over Surrey on Sunday, were expecting the fixture to be fulfilled.

He added: "The ECB has been handling this with the Pakistan authorities and until such a time as we get a direction from them, we will go ahead as far as we are concerned.

"At the moment it (the players' mood) is fine, but we'll see what happens in the next day or so."