ICC hints at dropping Rawalpindi as Champs Trophy venue

August 12th, 2008 - 2:10 pm ICT by ANI  

Rawalpindi, Aug 12 (ANI): The ICC delegation on a visit to Pakistan to assess the overall security situation ahead of the Champions Trophy, has said that it might suggest dropping Rawalpindi as one of the three venues during the forthcoming tournament, slated to be held from September 11-28.

Eliminating Rawalpindi would leave all the Champions Trophy matches to be played in Karachi and Lahore .

It is a strong possibility that we will reduce the Champions Trophy to two venues but the event will be played in Pakistan, the Daily Times quoted ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat as telling reporters during a visit to Rawalpindi Stadium.

While ICC security officials visited Karachi and Lahore during the Asia Cup, they did not travel to Rawalpindi . During the Asia Cup there were no fixtures in Rawalpindi . That didnt provide us an opportunity to check the security arrangements, so there was no way we can formulate an opinion on Rawalpindi . We are trying to explore whether if we use only Lahore and Karachi , said Logart.

Rawalpindi was originally scheduled to host five matches including a semi-final. However, Logart said a revised itinerary would be released in the next couple of days with Lahore and Karachi sharing Rawalpindi s matches.

Lorgat is leading a high-profile six-man ICC Task Force that is here to oversee security arrangements for the trophy amid threats of a boycott by some non-Asian teams. The delegation also includes Tim May, a former Australian off-spinner who is now the chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA).

The delegation also met the officials of the Interior Ministry, after which Logart said: It was a very constructive meeting, very informative. The attitude and willingness of the Pakistan government officials to implement security measures was very positive. (ANI)

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