Champions Trophy pushed to Sept 12

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Lahore, Jul 31 (UNI) The Champions Trophy, to be held in Pakistan this September, has been deferred by a day to September 12.

Giving reason for the change of the date, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that 9/11 was never meant to be the date for starting the eight-nation tournament.

"From what I know it was always going to start on September 12," Shafqat Naghmi, a senior official of the PCB said but his claim appeared debatable as the schedule of the CT on the official website of the ICC still has Pakistan playing West Indies on 9/11, which is the anniversary of the deadly 9/11 terror attacks on the US, in Lahore.

On March 22, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had released the groupings and itinerary of the tournament, which has remained unchanged on their website.

Maintaining his earlier statement, Naghmi said, "It was always September 12 as far as we know." He also declined to explain the schedule of the CT on the ICC website.

Sources has said the decision to delay the mega event was taken at the executive board meeting of the ICC in Dubai some weeks ago.

The secretariat of the tournament at Lahore has also been informed about this.

The tournament's starting date 9/11 was also under review because of the security concerns already being raised by some teams and players associations over having the event in Pakistan.


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