Pakistan ready to host 2006 Champions Trophy

Published: Monday, May 9, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed its willingness to host the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, in case India (who are supposed to host the tournament) fails to get the tax exemption clause.

According to the Press Trust of India, Abbas Zaidi, the PCB's director of media and public affairs, has said that the PCB has been promised a tax exemption for the event by Pakistan Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz.

Zaidi was quoted as saying: "The Prime Minister has assured us that if Pakistan has to host the tournament the government would not tax the tournament earnings which go to the International Cricket Council (ICC)."

It is worth recalling that though India was supposed to host the last ICC Champions Trophy, it was shifted to England after the Indian government refused a tax exemption.

Zaidi was quiet apprehensive of an encore of a similar situation.

"We are just waiting and watching," he said.

"India has the right to stage the tournament but in case we've to host it, we are prepared and we would be happy to do it for the ICC. But frankly speaking I don't think India would like this tournament to go to Pakistan. It's a prestigious event and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could succeed in getting tax exemption from their government."

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