12 Aug 2008

ICC set to scrap venue for Champions Trophy

5:33 am on 12 August 2008

International cricket chiefs are set to delay the start of September's Champions Trophy by one day and are likely to scrap one of the three venues following security advice.

The eight-team tournament was due to start on September 11, the anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks on America in 2001but is now likely to start the next day.

Rawalpindi, which adjoins the capital Islamabad, is likely to be dropped as a venue, which would leave all the trophy matches to be played in Karachi and Lahore.

The ICC last month decided to keep the biennial event in Pakistan despite security concerns raised by players from Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa.