PCB chief welcomes CT rescheduling news

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Lahore, Oct 17 (UNI) The newly appointed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief, Ijaz Butt, has expressed his delight over the rescheduling of the Champions Trophy, saying it would open doors for more world-class cricket in the strife-torn nation.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday rescheduled the eight-nation tournament to next September.

The ICC said 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.

The PCB chairman said it was welcome news.

''Of course, it's a big relief,'' Butt said from Dubai where he attended the two-day meeting.

''Previously there was some opposition on holding this event in Pakistan but I am happy that it was a consensus decision,'' he said.

However, ongoing security concerns forced the ICC Board to delay a final decision on the location of the event until after India's tour to Pakistan early next year.

Butt said the tour by India would prepare the ground for the Champions Trophy.

''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,'' he said.

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

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