South Africa set to host Champions Trophy

Published: Thursday, March 12, 2009, 9:57 [IST]
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Champions Trophy set for South Africa

Dubai : ICC has requested South Africa to host this year's Champions Trophy as they voiced concerns about the weather in Sri Lanka.

Pakistan was due to host the one-day international competition last year, but the ICC postponed the event after several teams voiced security concerns about Pakistan.

The ICC switched the tournament to Sri Lanka last month, but Sri Lanka has now been ruled out because of the high possibility of rain in September and October.

Yesterday, the ICC said its chief executives' committee had recommended South Africa as the new host. The ICC executive board would make a final decision on Monday.

If confirmed, South Africa will host the eight-team tournament between September 24 and October 5.

Cricket South Africa reacted cautiously to the recommendation, saying it would only consider hosting the tournament once it had received an official invitation.

Gerald Majola, CSA's chief executive, said last night: "We have asked the ICC to provide us with a financial model, and our board will discuss the matter once we have received this model and an official ICC invitation.


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