Teams join India over Champions Trophy dates

Lahore, Sep 11 (UNI) India's objection to the scheduling of Champions Trophy in September or October next year has received major support from other countries who have also expressed thier concern due to the prior committments at the two-day meeting held at Dubai.

''The future tours programme was discussed in detail on the first day of the meeting and besides India other countries have also said they can't change their prior commitments,'' said PCB Chief Operating Officer Shafqat Naghmi.

''But Pakistan is pushing for the tournament to be held in October because as it is the ICC has an agreement with its broadcasters that it can't postpone the tournament for more than 13 months,'' he added.

The Champions Trophy was scheduled to be held from September 12 at the two venues - Lahore and Karachi in Pakistan - but the ICC postponed it after Australia, South Africa and New Zealand refused to send their teams to stiff-torn south Asian nation due to security reasons.

The ICC Chief Executives' Committee is trying to finalise new dates for the bienial event.

Yesterday, India had said it can't change the schedule for its seven-match one-day series against Australia starting from mid October.

India, Australia and South Africa are also planning to have the Champions League Twenty20 event in September and October next year.


Story first published: Thursday, September 11, 2008, 14:05 [IST]
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