Allrounder Ashton Agar has found himself at the centre of an alarming death threat after touching down in Islamabad for Australia's tour of Pakistan.
The threat centres around a social media message sent to Agar's partner, warning her there would be dire consequences if her husband travelled to Pakistan for Australia's cricket tour.
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“This is a warning for your husband Ashton Agar. If he comes for tour against Pakistan he won’t come (home) alive," part of the message reads.
“Your children will miss their Father if he comes to Pakistan. Our snipers will blow his head."
The message was immediately reported to the relevant authorities, with a Cricket Australia (CA) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) investigation determining that it was "not considered a risk".
It's understood the threat is not deemed to be credible after coming from a fake Instagram account.
Local news outlets in Pakistan have reported the threat originated from India as an attempt to disrupt Australia's tour of their neighbours in the sub-continent.
“Cricket Australia is aware of a social media post, of which the nature and content has been investigated by the PCB, CA and combined Government security processes,” a CA statement read.
“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.”
Those security plans include around 4,000 police and military personnel who will be accompanying the Aussie team throughout their six-week tour of Pakistan.
Test captain Pat Cummins says he feels "incredibly safe" after touching down on Sunday for what is Australia's first tour of Pakistan in 24 years.
Cummins will lead Australia in an overseas Test match for the first time when they take on the hosts in Rawalpindi on Friday.
The Test is the first of three, before a trio of One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20 International.
Pakistan has been forced to host international matches in the United Arab Emirates since a terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009.
Aussie players feel 'incredibly safe' in Pakistan
But Cummins, who will lead a strong Australia side on the back of their successful Ashes campaign, said the players' concerns had been allayed by a delegation from Cricket Australia ensuring appropriate safety standards were met.
"I feel incredibly safe and we've been really well looked after by the Pakistan Cricket Board," Cummins said.
"There's been lots of security upon arrival. We were straight off the plane and straight to the hotel.
"We've got a pretty good set-up and we'll be confined to the hotel except for games and training.
"We've travelled to places like India where you don't leave the hotel too much so we are used to it.
"It's comforting and we're really lucky to be surrounded by so many professionals.
"One of the factors we wanted to be really thorough on before arriving here was not only security but also biosecurity.
"Everyone has done a fantastic job, so we can just concentrate on cricket and really enjoy our first tour here for 24 years."
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