ICC reschedule Champions Trophy

Dubai, October 15:

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said today it had decided to reschedule the Champions Trophy tournament in Pakistan, postponed this year amid security concerns, to next September.

The ICC said the tournament would go ahead between September 24 and October 5, 2009, with the matches being played in just one city in Pakistan, rather than the two mooted for this year. The tournament, which will include one reserve day, will be five days shorter than the originally scheduled event.

ICC said it had considered available options following the original postponement and had decided that the final week of September and opening week of October fitted the bill with the shortened timeframe allowing for a single city. The ICC said it will make a final decision on the location following India’s tour to Pakistan early next year in order to facilitate preparations by teams, broadcasters and commercial partners.

The ICC added that a full schedule including match locations “will be announced in due course”. ICC President David Morgan said: “We are delighted to have slotted the ICC Champions Trophy into the FTP (Test programme) in 2009 thus maintaining the primacy of ICC events, and we now look forward to staging an outstanding, memorable event next September/October.

“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,” said the statement.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat added: “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.”