South Africa pull out of Champions Trophy

August 22nd, 2008 - 6:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Johannesburg, Aug 22 (IANS) South Africa have pulled out of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament in Pakistan over security fears in the strife-torn nation.Cricket South Africa (CSA) Friday confirmed that the national team will not take part in the Champions Trophy, if it is held in Pakistan.

CSA officials met with the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) task force, which included chief executive Haroon Lorgat, to discuss the security scenario in Pakistan following a spate of recent bombings in the country. The presentation of the task force though failed to convince CSA.

Despite assurances from the ICC task force that security measures would be in place for the eight-nation event, CSA president Norman Arendse said they will not send their team to Pakistan.

“After extensive discussions and a frank exchange of views, the board resolved not to send our team to Pakistan to participate in the ICC Champions Trophy,” Arendse said in a statement.

“We respect the right of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to stage the tournament and we would urge the ICC to reschedule the tournament as soon as possible,” Arendse said.

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