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England discuss Champions Trophy

England captain Kevin Pietersen
Pietersen has expressed reservations about travelling to Pakistan

England's participation in September's Champions Trophy in Pakistan will be discussed at an England and Wales Cricket Board meeting on Tuesday.

Players met with International Cricket Council representatives in a two-hour meeting on Sunday to discuss their fears about travelling to Pakistan.

An England spokesman told BBC Sport: "ECB chief executive David Collier was at the meeting and he will report back.

"They have a board meeting in London on Tuesday to discuss the issue."

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat has been in London and Edinburgh over the weekend meeting with English and South African players and officials.

They, along with Australia and New Zealand, have expressed concerns about the security situation in Pakistan ahead of the tournament which is due to start on 12 September.

However, England captain Kevin Pietersen has said he is satisfied that the players' views are being taken into consideration.

"We were fortunate to have a few members of the board last night and the board knows exactly the stance of the players," he said.

"It's a big decision for the board to make and the players have said whatever they needed to say. I'm going to keep what the players think in the dressing room and the board will make a decision tomorrow."

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Lorgat was at the meeting along with representatives from the ICC's security consultants Nicholls Steyn & Associates.

The ECB spokesman added: "The meeting lasted two hours and it was an opportunity for all the players to ask whatever questions they had about the tournament.

"David Collier and Hugh Morris, managing director of the England team, were both there and they heard the views of all the players.

"They will report back to the ECB board on Tuesday but I don't know when a decision is going to be announced."

When asked whether he got the impression from the ICC they would consider moving the tournament out of Pakistan, he added: "That's a question for the ICC to answer."

Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf resigned on Monday, an hour after the resignation of Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf.

The Pakistan president directly appoints the PCB chairman and President Musharraf appointed Ashraf in 2006.

"I have sent my resignation to the president's secretariat and told them I can't continue performing my duties," said Ashraf.

"After the president resigned I didn't think it would be ethically right to continue."

Ashraf said his resignation would not have any effect on the Champions Trophy.

"The tournament will go on because the board is an institution and it will continue working. I will continue performing my duties till the resignation is accepted," he said.


see also
ICC aims to avert Trophy boycott
13 Aug 08 |  Cricket
Pietersen admits to Trophy fears
25 Jul 08 |  Cricket
Pakistan keeps Champions Trophy
24 Jul 08 |  Cricket
Champions Trophy gets all-clear
18 Jun 08 |  Cricket
Australia postpone Pakistan tour
11 Mar 08 |  Cricket
ICC Champions Trophy 2008
22 Mar 08 |  Cricket


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