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Champions Trophy dates announced

Australia won the 2006 Champions Trophy
Australia were unable to defend the Champions Trophy this year

The postponed Champions Trophy has been rescheduled to take place in Pakistan from 24 September to 5 October 2009.

The tournament was due to be played in Pakistan last month, but was postponed because of security concerns.

A single city will now host the 12-day competition rather than the two proposed for this year's event.

International Cricket Council (ICC) president David Morgan has said he is confident Pakistan can host an "outstanding and memorable" tournament.

Pakistan is currently fighting Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants in the northwestern tribal regions bordering Afghanistan and has suffered a string of deadly suicide bomb attacks in the last year, which have killed more than 1,000 people.

South Africa pulled out of the 2008 event, while England, New Zealand and Australia expressed doubts about playing in Pakistan.

All these events during the ICC Centenary year will showcase cricket in the best possible light

David Morgan
But it is hoped that India's tour of Pakistan early next year will reassure players and sponsors that security issues have been resolved.

Morgan was happy that the new dates, agreed at a two-day ICC board meeting in Dubai, were accommodated into next year's calendar.

"We are delighted to have slotted the ICC Champions Trophy into the FTP (Future Tours Programme) in 2009, thus maintaining the primacy of ICC events," said Morgan.

"The ICC Champions Trophy is part of a host of great ICC tournaments taking place next year, including the ICC Women's World Cup, the ICC World Cup Qualifier and the ICC World Twenty20 for both men and women.

"All these events during the ICC Centenary year will showcase cricket in the best possible light and will help to ensure that our great game remains a strong sport growing stronger."

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat believed the Champions Trophy had a huge role to play in the world game.

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He said: "I'm hugely encouraged by the spirit of togetherness and teamwork shown by our members in ensuring we have found a place for the ICC Champions Trophy in next year's calendar.

"The tournament, with its new format of the top eight teams playing in a short, sharp event, is vitally important for the world game because it allows those members, as well as the developing cricket world, to grow the sport.

"It is part of the ICC's commitment to the game and we can now look forward to a great event next year."

The host city and a full schedule of the tournament will be announced at a later date.

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Pakistan keeps Champions Trophy
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Champions Trophy gets all-clear
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ICC Champions Trophy 2008
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