PCB to press ICC for Champions Trophy dates

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Lahore, Sep 9 (UNI) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has its fingers crossed and is hoping that it will soon get the confirmation of the dates for the Champions Trophy in the ICC's next executive committee meeting.

The Champions Trophy was originally scheduled to be held in Pakistan from September 12-28, players from various participating teams voiced their concerns about the security in the strife-torn nation.

The ICC finally decided to postpone the tournament until October next year and the hosting rioghts still remain with the PCB.

''The Champions Trophy is an ICC event and we are confident that the ICC will secure appropriate dates for the tournament,'' Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief operating officer Shafqat Naghmi said.

''We will push for a confirmation of dates at the executive committee meeting,'' he stated.

Expressing the Board's disappointment over the postponement of Champions Trophy, Naghmi further said, ''We do not want any hurdles coming in the way of the tournament in 2009, and hope to have the dates finalised at the earliest.'' Recently, the BCCI had also announced the dates for the second edition of the Champions League. The second edition of the Champions League tournament - which will have a total of twelve teams from Australia, England, India, Pakistan and South Africa - is scheduled to be played September 25 to October 11, around the same time as the ICC had planned to hold the Champions Trophy.

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