PCB confident of bagging CT after successful Asia Cup

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Lahore, Jul 5 (UNI) Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf has claimed that the successful organisation of the Asia Cup has proved that the country is capable of hosting the ICC Champions Trophy in September.

''We are very proud the Asia Cup is organised in such a nice and peaceful manner. It proves that Pakistan is a country where cricket can be played safely,'' Ashraf told mediapersons here yesterday.

The PCB chief, who returned from the ICC's executive board meeting in Dubai on Thursday, assured that the security will be foolproof during the mega biennial event.

''All kinds of security arrangements will be made for the Champions Trophy,'' he stated.

Sri Lanka is the alternate host for the Champions Trophy if a final security report within 10 days of the Asia Cup finishing on July 6 demonstrates that Pakistan is unsafe.

However, Ashraf was confident that the ICC will give Pakistan the green signal.

''It's a standard process of the ICC to have a backup venue,'' he said. ''I was assured in the ICC's meeting by all the members that they intend to participate in the Champions Trophy in Pakistan.'' UNI XC AB PM1144

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