13 Aug 2008

ICC set out to convince players to go to Pakistan

6:12 pm on 13 August 2008

An six man international cricket task force is to visit New Zealand, Australia and England to try to convince players in the three countries to take part in September's Champions Trophy in Pakistan.

Players from the three countries have expressed concerns about playing in Pakistan following a series of suicide bombings in Pakistan.

The ICC yesterday decided to put the start of the tournament back a day so it did not clash with the anniversary of the September 11 terrorists attacks on the United States.

They are also investigating restricting the tournament to just two cities, the southern port of Karachi and the cultural capital Lahore.

Rawalpindi, which adjoins the capital Islamabad, is likely to be dropped as a venue.