LONDON - England players' association is heading for tense standoff with the England and Wales Cricket Board after its chief executive, Sean Morris, voiced doubts over their team travel to Pakistan for Champions Trophy in Pakistan in September security reasons. The English Cricket Board is expected to accept the findings of a confidential safety and security report commissioned by the International Cricket Council, which has advised that the eight-team tournament can take place, after a meeting of its executive committee in Dubai at the end of the month. Dave Richardson, the ICC's acting chief executive, who is meeting Pakistan government officials in Lahore this week as well as holding talks with the Pakistan Cricket Board, has promised that the situation will be monitored but stressed that at the moment the ICC is "comfortable" with security. But that has not quelled doubts of Tim May, the chief executive of FICA, the heavily Australian-influenced international players' union. He insists: "FICA is concerned about the inherent risks of holding such an event in Pakistan in such a landscape of unrest and volatility and opposition to western countries." Morris has now echoed that view. He told The Australian newspaper: "I personally support Tim's position. In the past week the Professional Cricketers' Association has been in contact with the England and Wales Cricket Board to ascertain its response to the ICC's confidential safety and security report. "We will await the ECB response with interest and once we have it the PCA will advise the players on our position and then take the players' views back to the ECB." Australia are making no secret of their reluctance to tour Pakistan. Their captain, Ricky Ponting, admitted that "some apprehension" among the players remained. Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden are among those most reluctant to tour but Ponting said: "If we get some good news from the security reports then the individual mindsets might change." England players have traditionally been more resilient. They toured Pakistan for a one-day series in 2005 despite identical security fears, refusing only to play a Test in Karachi. They visited Karachi for a single one-day game amid heavy security. Sri Lanka, which is standing by to host the tournament, is suffering its own unrest in the war zone in the north and east and from a sequence of terrorist bombs on public transport in Colombo, but it is regarded as a save haven as there is no history of attacks on western travellers.