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India refuse to play Champions Trophy in October 2009

September 10, 2008

The Indian board has rejected suggestions made during the ICC’s chief executives’ committee meeting in Dubai on Wednesday to conduct the Champions Trophy in October 2009 because it will clash with the “very important” one-day series at home against Australia. The issue now passes to the ICC Board, which meets on Thursday.

“We have said that the Champions Trophy in October will not be possible for us since we are hosting Australia at that time,” Niranjan Shah, the BCCI secretary, said. “The one-day series against Australia is a very important fixture for us. It has been scheduled and we can’t do anything about it. All the boards will have to find another solution or window for the Champions Trophy.”

The BCCI is planning to hold the first of the seven one-day matches against Australia on October 13, three days after the conclusion of the Champions Twenty20 League, which it is organising along with Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa (CSA).

The ICC board had, on August 24, decided to postpone the Champions Trophy that was originally scheduled to be held in Pakistan from September 12 after five of the eight participating nations expressed security concerns about the host country. David Morgan, the ICC president, said “it was considered prudent to postpone the event to October 2009, a time when we all hope conditions may be more acceptable for all the competing teams”.

The concept of an alternative structure to bilateral tours, including an enhanced Test championship, with the ICC taking a greater central “ownership” of the programme, was also discussed at Wednesday’s meeting. However, sources said it did not appear to make much headway during the CEC meeting with a number of boards unconvinced about the idea, especially about the extent of their ownership and role under such an arrangement.

The concept was kicked off during the ICC annual conference in Dubai in July, and Cricket Australia was entrusted with the job of coming up with a plan. The key considerations were: all three formats of international cricket should be protected and promoted with Test cricket identified as the pinnacle of the sport; “icon” Test series must be protected; ICC should look at ways of taking greater central “ownership” of international cricket outside its events or at least providing for more consistency in marketing/promotion; and the concept of a Test Championship and/or play-off should be explored further.

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Sandesh Kumar

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Champions Trophy postponed until October 2009

August 24, 2008

The ICC has postponed the Champions Trophy, which was due to begin in Pakistan in 19 days’ time, to October 2009, after five of the eight participating nations confirmed during a teleconference on Sunday that they would not send their teams for the event due to security concerns.

South Africa had on Saturday pulled out of the tournament, which was originally scheduled to be held from Sept 12-28 in Karachi and Lahore, and the ICC was informed on Sunday that Australia, England, New Zealand and West Indies, too, would not be participating.

The ICC will now meet in September to finalise a window for the tournament in 2009 and, while Pakistan will be given “first preference” to host it, a decision on the venue may be taken only after a security assessment of the country is done around February, after the India tour.

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Sources who attended the ICC’s teleconference said there was the option of the tournament being relocated to Sri Lanka, the official alternate venue, but India and Pakistan remained adamant against a change.

India, the sources said, were not willing to sacrifice Pakistan. The Sri Lankans too didn’t press their case, as they supported the Pakistan view that a venue change could not be made on security grounds. The meeting was held in an amicable atmosphere because most of the issues had been thrashed out among the members beforehand, rendering the final discussions a mere formality.

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

South Africa pull out of Champions Trophy

August 23, 2008

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South Africa pull out of Champions Trophy

Pakistan’s chances of hosting the Champions Trophy, which is scheduled to begin on September 12, have received a huge blow with Cricket South Africa (CSA) deciding on Friday that it will not send its team to the country, prompting fears that more national boards are likely to follow.

Australia, New Zealand and England, who have also expressed serious security concerns over touring, are yet to reaffirm their participation for the tournament. And if those countries do follow South Africa, it’s learnt that efforts could be made to save the tournament by persuading Pakistan to step aside on its own and let Sri Lanka, the official alternate venue, host the event.

South Africa announced its decision to pull out of the event following a meeting with the ICC task force in Johannesburg on Friday. In a statement, CSA said it assessed the presentation made by the team, led by ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat, as well as the information available from a number of other security reports, including one from the South African government, before arriving at a conclusion.

In such a scenario, India’s position will be crucial as the BCCI has adopted a hardline stance on the issue, arguing that the tournament cannot be shifted from Pakistan on “flimsy grounds”.

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

ICC to hold teleconference on Sunday

August 21, 2008

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ICC to hold teleconference on Sunday

August 20, 2008

While officials debate the staging of the Champions Trophy, Andy Atkinson, the ICC grounds consultant, was in Karachi on Wednesday to inspect the conditions at the National Stadium

The ICC board will have a telephone hook-up on Sunday, where a final decision on staging the Champions Trophy in Pakistan is expected. Top ICC officials, including president David Morgan, vice-president Sharad Pawar and chief executive Haroon Lorgat met in Dubai on Wednesday to discuss feedback from task force briefings with stakeholders from England, Australia and New Zealand, and decided to hold a teleconference of the task team on Friday, followed by the board meeting two days later.

The task team has already met with officials and players’ representatives in New Zealand, Australia and England in a bid to allay their security fears, but the feedback hasn’t been encouraging. Players’ associations from New Zealand and Australia have advised their members against visiting the tournament starting on September 12. The boards haven’t yet taken their stance, with Cricket Australia non-committal over its team’s participation, and they are expected to convey their final decision to the ICC on Sunday.

Prior to the telephone hook-ups is the task team’s visit to South Africa, whose board have been supportive of Pakistan hosting the tournament. However, Lorgat, leading the delegation, might once again find it tough to convince the players.

Tony Irish, the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) chief executive, told Cricinfo the South African team had their doubts over their safety after going through a number of security assessment reports, including that of ICC’s official security consultant. Irish said he would raise these concerns during the Friday meeting. “We remain concerned about the security situation in Pakistan,” he said. “Our board is meeting with the ICC on Friday, and I will be present at that meeting to convey our concerns.”

Explaining the South African situation, Irish said the security report submitted by Reg Dickason, an independent security consultant would not be considered as he was engaged only by the players’ associations of Australia, New Zealand and England. But Irish suggested the South African players, who are currently touring England, remain unconvinced after evaluating separate assessments by the ICC, FICA and the South African government.

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

Champions Trophy to proceed as planned earlier

August 19, 2008

Doubts lingered over the fate of the Champions Trophy with the Australian Cricketers’ Association telling its members not to travel to Pakistan even as the ICC said the tournament would proceed as planned.

While Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive was confirming in London that the tournament would stay in Pakistan, and saying it was up to the individual boards to decide on participation, Paul Marsh, the chief executive of the ACA, said he didn’t believe it was safe.

“The ACA has discussed the situation with its executive and our position is we can’t recommend to our players they should tour Pakistan for the Champions Trophy,” Marsh told the Australian. “We feel for the Pakistan Cricket Board and the people of Pakistan but it is the job of the ACA to make recommendations to our members based on whether it is safe to tour. Unfortunately in this case we don’t believe it is safe.”

“We have not heard anything officially from Cricket Australia and until we do we are not in a position to make any comment,” an ICC spokesman said.

The news from Australia came shortly after Lorgat addressed a press conference in London and said safety and security in Pakistan was “satisfactory” and the tournament would proceed as planned next month.

He was speaking after a meeting with the ECB as part of the ICC task force that has been travelling around the world. On Sunday the group met with the England players and their representatives in Edinburgh and now the ECB has received a detailed briefing, following similar discussions in Australia and New Zealand led by David Richardson, the ICC’s general manager of cricket.

The ECB held a board meeting on Tuesday afternoon, at which they were expected to come to a decision on their participation in the tournament after consultation with other boards around the world

“What we have done is to very clearly outline to each of these stakeholders the plan that we have in place for the Champions Trophy in Pakistan,” Lorgat said. “Understandably there are safety concerns and that’s what we are engaged in and we are dealing with.

“The ECB has received a briefing from us and have gone into a board meeting. They will consider our briefing among other reports that they may have on whether they will participate or not. But that is a decision for the ECB, as far as the ICC are concerned the safety and security is satisfactory for hosting the tournament in Pakistan.”

However, while admitting that the final decision on participation lay in the hands of the ECB, Cricket Australia, New Zealand Cricket and Cricket South Africa – whom Lorgat will meet later in the week – he refused to rule out ICC sanctions for countries that didn’t take part or send weakened teams.

Recent political developments in Pakistan, with Pervez Musharraf resigning as president, continue to present an uncertain landscape, but Lorgat said that as far as the Champions Trophy is concerned nothing has changed in the last 24 hours.

The Champions Trophy is due to start on September 12 after it was pushed back a day following concerns of starting on the anniversary of 9/11. The tournament has already been reduced to a two-venue event after construction work at Rawalpindi failed to be finished on time. All the matches will now be staged in Lahore and Karachi, but the future of the entire tournament is still far from certain.

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Sandesh Kumar