CT: Warring parties not ready to budge one inch

Published: Saturday, August 23, 2008, 18:37 [IST]
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Sydney: Seven days is all that's required to reschedule and reorganise the Champions Trophy from Pakistan to Sri Lanka and the ICC officials are hopeful that an announcement on tournament shift will be made tomorrow night.

Cricket Australia (CA) is awaiting the announcement of the tournament's destination, which will be done after a teleconference between ICC member nations tomorrow.

It's understood that the security checks of Sri Lanka could be completed to the satisfaction of the countries unwilling to tour Pakistan - Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa - in seven days.

While ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat indicated on Monday that it would be too late for a shift, Australian officials were hearing yesterday that there was still a ''50-50 chance'' it could be played in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan board said it would be ready at a moment's notice to host games.

As has been the way with the protracted and confusing process undertaken by the ICC to find a conclusion, subcontinent officials were of a completely different opinion when asked about a possible move.

The powerful BCCI appears entrenched in its view of 'the show must go on' in Pakistan, and gave no indication of changing its stance in light of the latest deadly attack, outside Pakistan's main military arms factory in Wah.

Indian board secretary Niranjan Shah refused to predict the outcome of the phone hook-up of ICC presidents, but pledged full support for its Asian ally.''We are supporting Pakistan. The event must be in Pakistan.

I don't think we will change our stance at the moment,'' Shah said. ''I don't think the Indian board will change (its view) in the present circumstances.''

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