Thursday 21 August 2008 

ICC To Decide Fate Of Champions Trophy On Sunday

The International Cricket Council (ICC) executive board will hold a teleconference on Sunday to decide the fate of the Champions Trophy, amid concerns by players about travelling to Pakistan for the event.

An ICC task force set up to allay the safety concerns of the Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa boards will hold its own teleconference first, on Friday, an ICC press release said on Wednesday.

Serious doubts remain over the September 12-28 event, the most important One Day event after the World Cup, due to concerns raised because of a spate of suicide bombings in Pakistan over recent months.

On Wednesday, senior ICC officials reviewed feedback received by its task force from Australia, New Zealand and England officials before calling for the teleconferences, it said.

ICC president David Morgan, chief executive Haroon Lorgat and vice-president Sharad Pawar attended Wednesday's meeting. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Shafqat Naghmi was also present.

The ICC's independent security consultants have reviewed the safety arrangements for the tournament. Rawalpindi has been removed as a venue with matches scheduled to be staged only in Lahore and Karachi.

Lorgat told Reuters last Friday that the tournament would be cancelled rather than relocated if security and safety conditions deteriorated significantly because there was little time left.

© Reuters