ICC defends decision to postpone Champions Trophy

Published: Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 12:53 [IST]
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ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat defending decision to postpone Champions Trophy said the event without the big four would have been a New Delhi: Hosting the Champions Trophy in Pakistan without big four would have taken sheen out of the premier international one-day event and it was a unanimous decision to push the tournament to a further date, the ICC said hereon Monday.

There was no point going ahead with the event when some of the teams were reluctant to tour strife-torn Pakistan, ICC, CEO, Haroon Lorgat, who was here to announce the shortlists for the annual ICC Awards, told reporters

"As many as four teams were apprehensive about the security there. After all, we cannot force players if they don't want to go and play there. Then we had documents from some people who did some research on the issue and finally we had to postpone the event," he said.

"I guess most people respected our decision on Champions Trophy and it was a unanimous decision. Last thing we wanted was a Champions Trophy which was just not world class," Lorgat added.

He also dismissed the notion that the governing body was divided with the Asian bloc on one side and the rest on the other.

"I must say that I'm in a fortunate position to work with the ICC in recent past. Prior to that, even I also read these issues. But now that I work here, I can say that there is nothing even close to what is being claimed," he said.

"I never experienced anything on those lines, even though I hear those on regular basis," he added.


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