South Africa Withdraw From Champions Trophy

South Africa will not be sending a team to Pakistan to take part in the ICC Champions Trophy because of safety and security concerns. "After extensive discussions and frank exchange of views, the board resolved not to send our team at this time to Pakistan to participate in the ICC Champions Trophy," Cricket South Africa president Norman Arendse said in a statement. The International Cricket Council will hold a teleconference on Sunday to decide the fate of the tournament which will either be cancelled or go ahead with a reduced field. "We know of Cricket South Africa's decision and we will not be making any further comment until the ICC board has discussed Champions Trophy related issues on Sunday," an ICC spokesman said. "There is nothing more important than the safety of our national team," Tony Irish, South African Cricketers' Association chief said. Australian and New Zealand players have been advised by their player' associations not to travel. A spate of suicide bombings in Pakistan has moved Australia, England and New Zealand to register their concerns ahead of the tournament, scheduled to take place from September 12th to 28th. © Cricket World 2008