Champions Trophy 2009 October 15, 2008

ICC finalises dates for 2009 Champions Trophy

Cricinfo staff

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BCCI reschedules Champions League
  • The BCCI has pushed back the Twenty20 Champions League and its ODI home series against Australia by around two weeks each to accommodate the postponed ICC Champions Trophy that will be held next year from September 24 to October 5.
  • The Indian board, which is organising the Champions League in partnership with Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa, is likely to hold the second edition of the multi-domestic team tournament from October 8 to 23 next year, sources said. The India-Australia one-day series might be held almost immediately afterwards, from October 25 to November 12, they added.
  • The Champions League's 2009 edition was originally slotted for September 25 to October 10, but those dates now clash with those of the Champions Trophy for which the revised schedule were announced after the ICC board meeting in Dubai today. The India-Australia clash next year had previously been scheduled to begin from October 13. "The new dates for the Champions League are firm and final and have been approved by the ICC board," the sources said. The first edition of the Champions League is scheduled to be held this year from December 3 to 10 in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.
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The ICC will hold the postponed Champions Trophy between September 24 and October 5, 2009, it was decided during the second day of its board meeting in Dubai. The announcement ends months of uncertainty about the event which was originally scheduled for September this year in Pakistan but was postponed after several participating countries refused to travel over security fears in the country.

The new dates were formalised after detailed discussions between Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, and officials of various national boards, many of whom will have now have to adjust their international programme to accommodate the event. The ICC, too, has had to make an adjustment of its own to accommodate the event, shortening its duration from the original 17 days to 12, including a reserve day for the final.

The ICC also said the event will be held in one city, possibly to ensure foolproof security arrangements, though Pakistan's fate as host will be decided only after a review following India's tour of the country in early 2009. Lahore and Karachi were the original venues. David Morgan, the ICC president, welcomed the decision to find a place for the tournament despite an increasingly packed Future Tours Program (FTP) and Lorgat thanked the participating countries for their cooperation. "I'm hugely encouraged by the spirit of togetherness and teamwork shown by our members in ensuring we have found a place for the Champions Trophy in next year's calendar," Lorgat said.

The ICC board's decision means the BCCI, which had originally refused to adjust its international programme to allow the postponed event, will have to reschedule the second edition of the Twenty20 Champions League, which had originally been slotted for September 25-October 10. India has also tentatively scheduled a seven-ODI home series against Australia to start from October 13 next year.

N Srinivasan, the BCCI secretary, said that "there will be no clash of dates". "The new programme takes into account a provision for the Champions League also," Srinivasan told Cricinfo.

According to Lorgat, for whom the result of today's decision is an achievement of sorts considering the initial opposition to the new window, the tournament needed to be held as it is "vitally important for the world game".

The Champions Trophy is expected to rake in around USD 40 million, most of which will be redeployed for the development of the game. "The tournament, with its new format of the top eight teams playing in a short, sharp event, is vitally important for the world game because it allows those members, as well as the developing cricket world, to grow the sport," Lorgat said.

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  • Hafiz Muhammad on October 16, 2008, 12:23 GMT

    for the moment decision is good but i m afraid when we well get closer to dates, most of non-asians teams will start raising their concerns. Aussies toured India despite many blasts in Banglore,Dehli and Jaipur recently but they dont bycot them because they have IPL attachment.Atleast double standard of the game should be removed by the icc as well as BCCI's power should be curtailed by ICC to ensure the healthy games of cricket.

  • salman on October 16, 2008, 10:19 GMT

    ICC Made a good decision but we should also think about the double standards of the Australians as when they arrived in India there were two blasts in the capital Delhi but they continued their tour and canceled their tour to Pakistan.I agree with Imran that Pakistan is a safe place for cricket and we are the lovers of this game and we are sure that the security which the govt will give to the teams will fool proof.

  • Rimtu on October 15, 2008, 15:53 GMT

    I think if this report is 100% accurate then the decision is another one lacking sense, at least as far as selecting the host is concerned. Once again ICC is saying they will assess the safety situation in Pakistan based on tour by India. Australia/England/New Zealand has already suggested that they only care about the safety of Caucasians in Pakistan. The truth is India can have a very safe tour of Pakistan and for Australia/England/New Zealand that wouldn't change anything. According to them a brown tourist is not as much a target in Pakistan as a white tourist might be. So, I can see India tour going ahead just fine but still these 3 countries along with South Africa to back down at the last moment. ICC is hilarious at their lack of acknowledgment of facts.

  • Andy on October 15, 2008, 14:14 GMT

    Is UAE still the standby in case some of the teams think Pakistan isn't safe?

  • Ilin on October 15, 2008, 14:11 GMT

    A very good happy to see an united decision in positive way.Pakis will try their best to stable the conditions and security in pakistan upto september 2009.i wish them gud luck,and many congracts to i.c.c.for this awsome decision.thanx to bcci too,for their support and encouraging cricket in pak.i will desperately wait for C.T.for great action and contest.good job guys.

  • Samuel on October 15, 2008, 13:04 GMT

    Great, I'm sure Pakistan will be a much safer place to be by then. The ICC are idiots.

  • Imran on October 15, 2008, 13:02 GMT

    Yes the icc is right to stage the tournament in Pakistan because if big events are not organize in Pakistan then no team will go to Pakistan to play cricket, Pakistan is the safe place for Cricket we are lovers of Cricket rest Allah knows better what happens in near future

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