August 20, 2008

ICC

Champions Trophy threatens to divide the game

Peter English

Malcolm Conn writes in the Australian the cricket world will be split if the ICC does not switch the Champions Trophy from Pakistan.

If it is not moved in the next day or so the tournament will simply collapse amid considerable acrimony and recrimination, costing the game tens of millions of dollars from its $1.1billion broadcast deal with ESPN-Star. While the Machiavellian world of cricket politics means a straight answer is nowhere near as common as a straight drive, teams from Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa will not tour Pakistan.

Conn also looks at the role of Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, and says he is showing a “worrying lack of leadership”.

In the Herald Sun Jon Pierik reports on the “state of anger and confusion” in the game.

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