ICC can't force teams to play CT in Pakistan

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Dubai, Jul 26 (UNI) The International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat has said cricket's governing body cannot force teams to play in the Champions Trophy in Pakistan, scheduled to be held in September.

The ICC's executive board confirmed on Thursday that the eight-nation tournament would be held in Pakistan.

Despite Thursday's announcement, player representatives have continued to warn cricketers against travelling to the strife-torn country for the September 11-28 tournamnet.

''All we can do is make them (the players) confident about the measures taken in regard to safety and security and on that basis hope they participate,'' Lorgat said in a statement yesterday.

''That is the reason we are putting together a task team inviting all the main stakeholders, including FICA (international players' association), so the process is inclusive.'' He said the ICC would not comment on possible action if teams did not appear in the event.

''We won't speculate on teams not taking part or any action if that did occur,'' he said.

''There was no indication that would happen during the telephone conference of ICC directors on Thursday.'' Lahore, Karachi and Rawalpindi are the intended match venues in Pakistan.

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