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Thursday, March 12, 2009

ICC Champions Trophy 2009 in South Africa?

ICC Champions Trophy 2009 now seems to be moved from Sri Lankan to South Africa due to concern over an unstable weather in the island country in September. The 12-day tournament is due to be held in September this year. Well, the tournament was originally due to take place in Lahore and Karachi in September last year, but ICC was forced to postpone the tournament until this year as a number of participating countries expressed their concern over the depleting security condition in Pakistan. In January 2009, ICC declared Sri Lanka, the official reserve venue for the tournament, as the new host of ICC Champions Trophy 2009.

However, ICC's Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) has recently recommended South Africa as the changed venue for the tournament after Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)’s failure in ensuring that there would be no rain in Colombo during the tournament which is set to take place from 24 September to 5 October. However, the final decision over the tournament venue will be taken by ICC board. ICC chief, Haroon Lorgat, has said that there is a “distinct possibility” of rain in Sri Lanka during the time of the tournament. As the tournament is only 12-day-long, it is impossible to arrange a reserve day for a rain-affected match. That is why, there is now a strong possibility of shifting the venue of ICC Champions Trophy 2009 from Sri Lanka to South Africa.

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