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England granted Champions Trophy extension

The team has been allowed to delay naming the 14-man squad by the ICC until after the end of their ongoing ODI series against Pakistan.

india Updated: Sep 05, 2006 23:39 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

England have been allowed to delay naming their 14-man squad for next month's Champions Trophy tournament in India by the International Cricket Council until after the end of their ongoing one-day series against Pakistan.

The original deadline for announcing the party was September 7 but David Graveney, the chairman of England selectors said, "We are extremely grateful to ICC for this concession.

"We have collected injuries during this NatWest Series and we will now have more time to evaluate some of the replacements."

England's five-match series against Pakistan ends on Sunday at Edgbaston.

Veteran fast bowler Darren Gough joined England's growing injury list when he withdrew from the remainder of the Pakistan series with a shin injury after the team's seven-wicket defeat at Lord's on Saturday.

England were 1-0 down in the best of five-match contest heading into the third match of the series at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday, having lost four of their last 23 matches in all limited overs cricket.

The Champions Trophy gets underway on October 7 with the final in Mumbai on November 5.

First Published: Sep 05, 2006 23:39 IST