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ICC aims to avert Trophy boycott

ICC says safety will not be compromised at the Champions Trophy
ICC says safety will not be compromised at the Champions Trophy

Cricket's governing body the ICC is hoping to head off a possible boycott of next month's Champions Trophy over security worries.

Delegations are visiting England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand in an attempt to persuade them to take part in the tournament in Pakistan.

They have expressed serious safety concerns about the event.

Rawalpindi has already been removed as one of the venues after its security arrangements could not be verified.

Matches will now take place only in Lahore and Karachi.

ICC president David Morgan said: "Our desire is to ensure that every stakeholder is content with arrangements and is comfortable with the ICC Champions Trophy taking place in Pakistan."

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The ICC is to receive feedback from the visits by 20 August.

"We are committed to a safe and secure event in Pakistan," Morgan added.

"We believe these visits and the feedback we get from them will play a major role in us achieving those ends."

The competition, the so-called mini World Cup, is set to be held between 11 and 28 September.

But Australia and New Zealand players have been advised by their players' associations not to travel to Pakistan and the South African players' body has criticised the ICC decision not to move the tournament out of Pakistan.




see also
Pakistan keeps Champions Trophy
24 Jul 08 |  Cricket
Champions Trophy gets all-clear
18 Jun 08 |  Cricket
Benazir Bhutto killed in attack
27 Dec 07 |  South Asia
Australia postpone Pakistan tour
11 Mar 08 |  Cricket
England receive kind Trophy draw
22 Mar 08 |  Cricket
ICC Champions Trophy 2008
22 Mar 08 |  Cricket
England seventh seeds for Trophy
01 Mar 08 |  England


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