Security fears: South Africa not to participate in Champions Trophy

Friday, August 22, 2008

South Africa cricket board has withdrawn its name from the participants of the ICC Champions Trophy due to continued security situation in Pakistan.

It announced Friday that it would not send a team to the Champions Trophy tournament in Pakistan next month.

They are the first country officially to boycott the tournament, which has been mired in controversy over security concerns.

The decision follows a meeting Friday involving Cricket South Africa, International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat and ICC security officials.

"After extensive discussions and a frank exchange of views, the board resolved not to send our team at this time to Pakistan to participate in the ICC Champions Trophy,"
Cricket SA president Norman Arendse said in a statement.

"We respect the right of the Pakistan Cricket Board to stage the tournament and we would urge the ICC to reschedule the tournament as soon as possible,"
added Arendse.

South African players, through the South Africa Cricketers Association, again expressed "major concerns" about playing in Pakistan.

0 Responses to "Security fears: South Africa not to participate in Champions Trophy"

Will Pakistan Premier League gain success just like Indian Premier League ?