Champions Trophy postponed
Monday, 25 August 2008

Sports Correspondent

The ICC has postponed until 2009 the Champions Trophy that was due to be held in Pakistan in just 19 days' time, Bangladesh Cricket Board at the teleconference, a Bangladesh Cricket Board official told

Cricinfo website had reported the news after a teleconference between board members on Sunday.
Gazi Ashraf Hossain Lipu, who represented Bangladesh Cricket Board at the teleconference, confirmed the story to
With South Africa already opting out of the tournament, and Australia, New Zealand and England players all publicly nervous about touring Pakistan, there was a concern of cricket reaching a contentious split if the tournament was cancelled, cricinfo reported.
This was aggravated with India pledging their support to Pakistan.
However, the ICC have at least appeased Pakistan for the time being in choosing not to cancel the competition entirely but postponing it until next year. The question, though, is when to hold the tournament next year - there is no window in the FTP till at least October, when there is a possibility of the Champions League being played.

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