Champions Trophy: Pakistan pressurises ICC

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Lahore: While the ICC is constantly being pressurised by some of the competing nations to relocate the Champions Trophy from Pakistan, the PCB has made it clear that it will demand for a substantial compensation from the governing body if the biennial tournament is relocated.

''Pakistan will seek compensation in case the tournament is taken out of the country,'' sources close to the Pakistan Cricket Board were quoted as saying by 'The News' yesterday.

Though, the PCB does not want the venue to be shifted but the board's primary demand in case Pakistan are deprived of the Champions Trophy will be to get 3 million dollars hosting fee from the ICC.

As the host country of the Champions Trophy, Pakistan are to receive that amount from ICC - the game's governing body.

But they could be deprived of the fee if the tournament which is scheduled to be held from September 11-28 in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi is relocated from Pakistan.

In case this September's Champions Trophy is relocated, the Board is considering to demand the hosting rights of the next edition of the same tournament.

The 2010 Champions Trophy has been awarded to the West Indies but the PCB will ask the ICC to reconsider that decision.

However, a PCB source conceded that such a demand might not be acceptable to the ICC as it would be punishing for the West Indies.

Several players from defending champions Australia, England and New Zealand have openly raised security concerns and have hinted that they might boycott the tournament.

Pakistan, which was already under a wave of security threats, was not helped by a series of bombings in Islamabad and Karachi in spite of repeated assurances from the PCB and the government that all possible measures will be taken to ensure the safety of players.

The ICC had kept Sri Lanka as an alternate venue for this year's Champions Trophy but later made it to South Africa.


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