PCB not worried about losing Champions Trophy

Updated: 20 December 2008 16:32 IST

The Pakistan Cricket Board is not worried about losing the hosting rights of next year's Champions Trophy in the wake of India calling off their tour.

Karachi:

The Pakistan Cricket Board is not worried about losing the hosting rights of next year's Champions Trophy in the wake of India calling off their tour since it feels that the decision had nothing to do with security but was politically motivated.

The ICC had said it would treat the security arrangements for India's tour to Pakistan as a benchmark for assessing security conditions in the country for the rescheduled Champions Trophy after the tournament was postponed due to safety concerns.

"Look the Indians didn't cancel their tour because of security reasons. They are not coming here as it is a politically motivated decision by their government," a senior official of the PCB said today.

"So India not coming does not directly affect our chances of hosting the Champions Trophy," the official said. He made it clear the scenario that emerged post-India's cancellation of the tour would be discussed at the ICC executive board meeting in Perth next month in which the Champions Trophy organisation and dates ought to be on the agenda.

"If India had not come because of security reasons we would have been worried. But even though they are not sending their team to Pakistan now, India has been a strong supporter in the ICC of the Champions Trophy being held in Pakistan," the official said.

He added Pakistan would be working hard to ensure that Australia do not back out of their tour in April for security reasons.

"It is important for us that Australia come for their one-day series. Before them we will be hosting the Sri Lankans as well," he said.

Topics : Cricket Stuart Broad Mohammad Asif Zaheer Abbas
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