Find an appropriate slot for Champions Trophy,ICC asks Haroon

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Lahore, Sep 12 (UNI) After a meeting of the ICC executive board in Dubai, the world governing body has asked its chief executive Haroon Lorgat to find an appropriate slot for the postponed Champions Trophy in October next year within the next six weeks.

It was decided yesterday that Lorgat will talk to all stakeholders and find a way to fit in the Champions Trophy in what is a hectic Future Tours Programme that has become denser with the addition of the Twenty20 Champions League.

World Champion Australia, India and South Africa have announced holding the second season of the Champions League next October, making it really tough for the ICC to find a proper slot for the Champions Trophy, which was supposed to take place in Pakistan from September 12 to 28 this year.

But the eight-nation tournament was postponed till next October after five of the competing teams raised serious security concerns about travelling to Pakistan.

India have rejected the idea of having the Champions Trophy next October, saying that they would be hosting Australia for an important series.

South Africa also have an FTP commitment next fall, which makes Lorgat's job a tough one.

However, a senior Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official was confident that the ICC will manage to find a way.

''The ICC is dead serious about holding the Champions Trophy next year,'' PCB's chief operating officer, Shafqat Naghmi, told 'The News' ''It (Champions Trophy) is an ICC event. It's like their bread and butter and there is no way they are going to let it fall apart,'' he added.

''I'm pretty hopeful that he will succeed in it,'' he said.

Naghmi said Lorgat has till October 22 to work out a proper slot for the Champions Trophy. The ICC chief executive will visit some of the countries involved and negotiate with other officials via tele-conferencing over the next few weeks.

The ICC stands to lose out around 65 million dollars if the high-profile tournament is not held within the next 13 months.

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