ICC to discuss Champions Trophy dates with PCB

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Lahore, Oct 25 (UNI) International Cricket Council (ICC) will discusse PCB's propasal to postpone ICC Champions Trophy, due to be held next year, in its meeting schedule to take place in Pakistan next month.

''We have received a letter from the ICC which says the request to change the dates of the ICC Champions Trophy has been included in the agenda of the meetings which will be held in Pakistan next week during a visit of ICC officials,'' Shafqat Naghmi, PCB's Chief Operating Officer told 'The News'.

PCB has earlier asked ICC to postpone next year's Champions Trophy from September to October to avoid it clashing with the holy month of Ramadan.

However, the move has been opposed by India and three other Test playing countries -- England, West Indies and New Zealand -- as their teams will be engaged in other international assignments in October according to the ICC Future Tour Programme.

Naghmi said, ''We are hoping that the ICC will be able to find new dates for the Champions trophy because it would be a real headache holding it during Ramadan.'' A team of ICC officials will be visting Pakistan from November 2 to discuss the venues of the tournaments apart from a few other issues related to the hosting of the Champions Trophy.

The tournament is scheduled to take place in September, amidst Ramadan when Muslims all over the world would be observing fast.

PCB has also expressed its difficulty to stage the matches with full capacity during the holy month and is fearing that the tournament would be affected by low attendance.

Meanwhile, it was not the only problem faced by PCB at this moment. Their officials were also worrying over the timing of the matches as they want to avoid matches during the Iftar time.

Pakistan is hosting the trophy for the first time since its inception in 1998, when it was also known as ICC Knock Out tournament. It changed its name to Champions Trophy in 2002.

The ICC Champions Trophy, also known as the Mini World Cup, is the second most important ODI contest after the World Cup.

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