Perth: The International Cricket Council has decided to relocate the 2009 Champions Trophy from Pakistan due to lingering fears over the security situation in the troubled nation.
Following a meeting of the ICC board here, chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the "safety and security environment" in Pakistan had forced a relocation of the eight-nation event. Despite the change of venue, Pakistan will still earn a hosting fee, the ICC said.
The event had been scheduled for last September but was postponed to this year. An alternative venue yet to be decided will now be sought, the International Cricket Council ruled today at a meeting in Perth, Australia.
In August, the ICC decided to postpone the Champions Trophy to 2009 after South Africa said it wouldn"t play if it were staged in Pakistan. English and Australian players had also expressed reservations about playing. India then pulled out of a tour of Pakistan in December on government advice after terrorist attacks in Mumbai killed more than 160 people the previous month.
Sri Lanka is the alternative venue and Lorgat said a final decision would be made on the tournament before the next ICC board meeting in April.
The Champions Trophy, cricket"s second-biggest 50-over international tournament after the World Cup, features the eight top teams from the ICC"s one-day rankings. The ICC board plans to decide on the location for the event before its next scheduled meeting in April.