PCB gets ready for CT relocation

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Lahore, Jul 9 (UNI) With the serial bomb blasts in Karachi shaking up an already jittery ICC, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is bracing itself for the much-feared relocation of the Champions Trophy from the country.

The Karachi blasts, which came in the wake of yet another blast in Islamabad on Sunday - the day of the Asia Cup final between India and Sri Lanka, has cast serious doubts on the PCB's chances of hosting the Champions Trophy this September.

The prestigious mega biennial event could be moved to either Sri Lanka or South Africa.

''It would be a huge setback for Pakistan cricket and I'm sure that the International Cricket Council (ICC) is aware of it,'' a senior PCB official, told 'The News' on condition of anonymity.

''We know that the ICC is under pressure to shift the Champions Trophy away from Pakistan but they should think about the greater interest of cricket before making any such move,'' he added.

The volatile security scenario in the country had prompted players from Australia, England and New Zealand to voice their objections against coming to Pakistan.

However, the official insisted that the PCB has left 'no stone unturned' to ensure a successful staging of the Champions Trophy.

''We didn't leave any stone unturned,'' he said. ''We promised fool-proof security, involved the government at the highest-level, used diplomacy, upgraded our facilities. But if they still take away the Champions Trophy from here then it would be very unfair.'' Pakistan suffered a major setback this April when world champions Australia postponed a much-awaited tour of the country citing security fears.

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