25 Aug 2008

ICC postpones Champions Trophy in Pakistan

5:59 am on 25 August 2008

Cricket's Champions Trophy tournament in Pakistan has been postponed because of security fears.

The tournament was to take place next month but the International Cricket Council says it will now be played in October next year with Pakistan retaining hosting rights.

The event was scheduled to start on the 12th of September and run to the 28th but ran into trouble after Australia postponed their full tour to Pakistan over security fears triggered in the wake of suicide bombings earlier this year.

The postponement comes two days after South Africa refused to send their team, while players' associations from Australia, New Zealand and England urged their players not to gol.

The ICC President David Morgan says the decision was made only after teams showed reservations.

about touring and chief executive Haroon Lorgat says relocation to alternate venues in Sri Lanka is not possible.