Karachi:The ICC and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have, in principle, decided to drop the Rawalpindi cricket stadium as one of the venues for the Champions Trophy next month.
Sources in the said that due to the slow pace of construction work at the stadium, it has been decided to hold the 15 matches of the tournament in Lahore and Karachi.
"Lahore will host eight games including the final while Karachi will host seven matches and the ICC and PCB are working on the revised schedule for the tournament," a source said.
"Not only was the pace of construction slow at the stadium but the ICC security consultants had also raised some issues with the location of the venue which is in the middle of a clustered residential and commercial area with some high rise buildings adjacent to the stadium," the source said.
He said the announcement about dropping the Pindi stadium as a venue would be made after the visit of the ICC task force from August 10 to 12 to the three cities.
"The ICC has to be handed over the stadium at least two to three weeks before the tournament so that their curator can start preparing the pitches while their broadcasters and sponsors can start installing their products and technology," the source added.
"Although the company carrying out the construction work at the stadium says it would be 80 per cent complete by August 20 but the PCB feels this might not be possible," the source added.
He said ICC chief curator Andy Atkinson has been told to start preparing five pitches each at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore and National stadium in Karachi.
"The security consultants also noted the close proximity of the city to areas where the security forces are engaged in a battle with militants and also the recent spate of bomb attacks in Islamabad and Pindi," the source said.
He said Faisalabad was discussed as an alternate venue but the idea has been dropped due to various reasons.