CA awaits ICC Task Force's report

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Sydney, Jul 25 (UNI) With the Australian players calling for a boycott of the Champions Trophy to be held in Pakistan in September, Cricket Australia (CA) president Creag O C'onnor today said he would wait for the report of the ICC's Task Force before taking a decision on the matter.

''I have full confidence in the members of the Task Force. It is a team of the competent people and we are looking forward to their outcome of work before we decide about our team for the Champions Trophy,'' O C'onnor was quoted as saying by

The ICC executive board decided to retain Pakistan as the hosts of the Champions Trophy yesterday.

The decision has received a lot of flak from players from Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa, who are against touring Pakistan over security concerns in the strife-torn country.

The CA is, however, hopeful that the Task Force will be able to address those issues.

''At this stage, we do not have a clear understanding on the terms of reference and role given to the ICC Task Force which has been announced. We of course have a general understanding that it will look at ICC Champions Trophy issues causing concerns to a number of ICC member nations,'' CA spokesman Peter Young said.

''We note that on the face of it, the Task Force seems to have a range of interests and expertise represented, and we are confident of the independent manner in which the current Chairman and current CEO of the ICC have addressed the issues during the last few days.

We also note that the Task Force has invited FICA to participate and note that FICA's Mr Tim May, an Australian, has a track record for independent assessment of global cricket issues,'' he added.

''We also note that the broadcaster, ESS, has been invited to participate, adding the independence of their voice to the process.

''There are a lot of vexed issues which need to be addressed and resolved.'' UNI XC AB RKM HS2053

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