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PCB asks players to stop ''grumbling'

Lahore, Aug 18 (UNI) In the wake of player's uncertainty to participate in the Champions Trophy, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asked players to go ahead with the tournament just because of security reasons as they are ''illogical''.

PCB chief Nasim Ashraf told newspersons that neither the ICC nor its member Boards would bow to player-pressure demanding the one-day international tournament be moved from Pakistan.

''ICC is backing us fully and everything is set for the Champions Trophy to be held in Pakistan. It is only a few players who are grumbling and their concerns are emotional pressure not based on reasoning or logic,'' Ashraf said.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat is scheduled to address a news conference at Lord's in London tomorrow for a final announcement about the fate of the tournament considered second only inimportance to the World Cup.

Earlier players from England, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand have expressed concerns about the security situation in Pakistan ahead of the tournament due to start on September 12.

Despite briefings from an ICC task force, Cricket Australia and New Zealand have said they had yet to decide whether they would send teams to Pakistan.

''I would advise these players to not be stubborn and behave sensibly,'' Ashraf said.

''They should accept the ICC decision.'' He pointed out that even the representative of the players' association (Tim May), who visited Pakistan with the ICC task force, has acknowledged he had never seen such elaborate security arrangements for a cricket event.

''The ICC and its member boards are satisfied with our security arrangements and foolproof planning and there is no reason for not having the Champions Trophy in Pakistan,'' Ashraf added.

''There is no question of the tournament being relocated to some other country or being postponed. It will be held in Pakistan as scheduled. As it is, there is no other time available to have this event now,'' he stated.

''I would advise these players to not be stubborn and behave sensibly,'' Ashraf said.


Story first published: Monday, August 18, 2008, 14:07 [IST]
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