ICC delays decision on Pak hosting CT

Updated: 24 July 2008 09:15 IST

ICC has delayed a definite decision on whether Pakistan will still host the Champions Trophy in September amid security concerns.

ICC delays decision on Pak hosting CT

Dubai:

The International Cricket Council has delayed a definite decision on whether Pakistan will still host the Champions Trophy in September amid security concerns.

A security briefing was held on Sunday in Dubai for the eight countries taking part in the tournament.

The ICC said in a statement that fears were raised about potential security threats beyond the Pakistan Cricket Board's control.

The ICC Board will make a final decision on the tournament later this week. The statement said the Sep. 11-28 tournament will proceed in Pakistan for now.

The meeting also heard from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on its plans for dealing with security both in the lead-up to and during the ICC Champions Trophy.

While there was recognition the PCB had gone to great lengths to provide a high level of security during the Asia Cup and would do so again during the ICC Champions Trophy, concerns were expressed about the potential for threats beyond the PCB's control.

Until or unless the Board decides otherwise, the tournament will proceed in Pakistan.

The ICC Champions Trophy, due to take place in September, involves the top eight ODI sides playing 15 matches in a short, sharp tournament with two groups of four teams, semi-finals and a final.

Australia is the defending champions after beating the West Indies in the final of the 2006 event in India.

Defending champion Australia, England and New Zealand are all scheduled to play in the tournament, but their governments advise citizens against visiting Pakistan.



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