PCB Confident Over Champs Trophy

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Pakistan are confident the Champions Trophy will go ahead as planned later this year despite Australia's decision to postpone their tour of the country.

Australia were due to visit Pakistan later this month, but decided to put the tour on hold after a series of bombings in the country.

An International Cricket Council delegation will visit Pakistan next week to look at security and other arrangements for the Champions Trophy.

The biennial Champions Trophy is set to take place in September, and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) believes other nations will persuade the world champions to fulfil their obligations.

"The Champions Trophy is an event that involves eight countries. Australia is one of them,"

PCB chief operating officer Shafqat Naghmi told Reuters.

"We are confident the other seven nations will be able to pressurise Australia to travel."

"We have maintained conditions are safe for cricket in Pakistan and we hope all the participating nations will have no problems playing in the Champions Trophy."

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