PCB chief delighted over Champions Trophy reschedule

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Karachi, Oct.16 : The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Ijaz Butt, on Thursday expressed his happiness over the rescheduling of the Champions Trophy, saying it would open doors for more world-class cricket in the troubled nation.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday announced that the tournament would go ahead between September 24 and October 5, 2009, with the matches being played in just one city, rather than the two mooted for this year.

Butt who was in Dubai to attend the two-day meeting of the ICC said that he was happy with the latest developments.

The ICC Board, however, postponed taking a final decision on the location of the event until after India's tour to Pakistan early next year.

"Pakistan government is taking care of improving security and every step will be taken to hold the India series in a peaceful manner because that will allay fears of other countries," said Butt.

Pakistan hosts India for three Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match from January to February next year.

The ICC was forced to postpone the Trophy, scheduled for last month, after South Africa pulled out of the event. Australia, England and New Zealand had also raised concerns.

Australia postponed a full tour of Pakistan in March this year but agreed to reschedule the visit into two trips, and now will play five one-dayers in March 2009 and three Tests in 2010.

ANI

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