ICC delegation to inspect Champions Trophy venues in Pak

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Lahore, Jun 17 (UNI) The PCB is facing a stern test in its bid to host the Champions Trophy with a 10-member ICC delegation led by president Ray Mali, arriving here today to inspect the venues for the biennial event which starts on September 11.

The delegation will inspect the arrangements at the Gaddafi Stadium today, Rawalpindi Stadium on June 19 and National Stadium, Karachi, June 20 before returning on June 21.

The delegation will also attend the official launch ceremony of the Champions Trophy at a hotel here tomorrow.

Members of the delegation who are arriving today are Chris Tetley, Errol Stewart, Bruce Ewan, Lorinda Rugless, Sybil Fernandes, Jackie Crooks, Sami-ul-Hasan, Aarti Dabas and Andy Atkinson.

They will be joined by ICC acting chief executive David Richardson tomorrow.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) faces a number of hurdles in its bid to host the event.

With the Gaddafi and Rawalpindi Stadiums still under construction, it will be an uphill task to get them ready on time.

The volatile security scenario in the country is also a major stumbling block.

The ICC will approve Pakistan as the host of the event in its meeting to be held in Dubai on June 29.

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