ICC board to decide on Champions Trophy host

Dubai, July 20:

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today said its executive board will take a final decision on the host of September’s Champions Trophy amidst security fears in Pakistan.

The year’s biggest one-day tournament, featuring the top eight Test nations, is due to be held in Pakistan from September 11 to 28 but Australia, England and New Zealand have raised fears about security. Apart from Pakistan the other teams in the Champions Trophy are South Africa, India, Sri Lanka and the West Indies. The ICC held a meeting at its headquarters in Dubai today with representatives from all eight teams to brief them about security arrangements Pakistan made during the recent six-nation Asia Cup.

“Until or unless the board decided otherwise the tournament will be processed in Pakistan,” the ICC said in a statement today.