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CT stays in Pakistan, PCB thanks BCCI

cricket Updated: Jul 24, 2008 19:23 IST

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Ending weeks of uncertainty, the International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that Pakistan would continue to remain the host for next month's Champions Trophy despite security apprehensions.

After the ICC Board members held a teleconference, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Nasim Ashraf told a news conference that the tournament would remain in its original venue after all the members of the board had taken a consensus decision.

ICC also appointed a special task force to oversee and review the implementation of a comprehensive security plan for the tournament.

Ashraf also singled out the Indian Cricket Board for its support to have the ICC event in Pakistan despite security apprehensions.

England and Wales Cricket Board chief David Morgan, BCCI President Sharad Pawar, ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat, broadcasters Representatives, Ashraf, principal advisor to ICC I S Bindra and a representative from Nicolas Styne will be on the special task force.

Pakistan ran the risk of losing Champions Trophy due to security issues and top players of Australia, England and New Zealand are still apprehensive about touring the trouble-torn country for the tournament starting on September 11.

ICC held a security briefing on Sunday for the participating nations before deciding to hold a teleconference to find a solution.