Pakistan loses Champions Trophy to Sri Lanka

Nov 30, -0001
PERTH: The International Cricket Council Sunday decided to relocate the 2009 Champions Trophy from Pakistan due to lingering security fears in the troubled nation.

Following a meeting of the ICC board, chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the "safety and security environment" in Pakistan had forced a relocation of the eight-nation event.

The second-biggest one-day tournament in world cricket behind the World Cup, the Champions Trophy had already been delayed 12 months to September this year because of concerns over player safety.

"The board was seeking some sort of certainty sooner rather than later, and as a result has decided it won't be staged in Pakistan," Lorgat said.

"Hopefully, in the course of the next month we will decide finally where the venue will be.

"We all know what is transpiring in Pakistan and India has now got a government directive not to tour, which adds some weight to the countries who had previously indicated they were not keen to tour Pakistan."

"It is unfortunate the Champions Trophy will not take place in Pakistan due to circumstances completely beyond the control of the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board)," Lorgat added.

Sri Lanka is the alternative venue and Lorgat said a decision would be made before the next ICC board meeting in April.

"The alternate nominee is Sri Lanka," Lorgat said. "There are just a few things we want to iron out before we confirm that particular as the alternate host."

Sri Lankan officials have repeatedly said they are ready to host the tournament. -AFP

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