We don't see any possibility of CT boycott: PCB

The PCB said it does not see the possibility of any boycott of the Champions Trophy and is confident of hosting a quality event.

updated: July 30, 2008 16:24 IST
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With pressure mounting on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to review its decision to award the Champions Trophy to Pakistan, the nation's Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday said it does not see the possibility of any boycott and is confident of hosting a quality event.

"We don't believe any teams will boycott the Champions trophy because the entire cricket world is backing us and the ICC is satisfied that we are doing our best to provide the best security for the event," PCB Chief Operating Officer (COO) Shafqat Naghmi said.

Naghmi said after some players raised security concerns over travelling to the troubled nation, the ICC executive board had decided to form the special task force.

"We hope the task force which is due to visit Pakistan next month will allay the fears of these players and boards.

"The bottom line is that it was a consensus decision to award the event to Pakistan after a lot of studies and discussions on the security situation and arrangements," he added.

The PCB COO also said that the ICC was 100 percent behind Pakistan in the organisation of the tournament.

"So the issues of security will hopefully be sorted out with the players and boards very soon."

The Champions Trophy organisers said they are working overtime to make the biennial event a big success.

The organisers also made it clear they had not disrupted their preparations for the mega event and neither had they received any information that some players or teams might pull out of the event due to security concerns.

"We have received no such information at this point of time and our work is progressing smoothly and fine. We have received no resistance or reluctance from any one," Ahmed Farooq, the event director for the Champions trophy said.

"We never disrupted our preparations on for last six months and we have always been certain the event would be held on schedule. We have given our work extra speed and are working day and night to sort things out," he said.

England Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA), meanwhile, said they will take a final decision on their participation next month based on the last minute security feedback from their experts.

South Africa and New Zealand players have also expressed apprehensions of playing in Pakistan and said they would soon be discussing the matter with their respective boards.

Meanwhile, PCB sources said under the host agreement with ICC, they have already started preparations to put the tickets on sale by next month.

"The ticketing is the responsibility and prerogative of the host Board (PCB) under certain provisions of the host agreement and they have started preparations for this important aspect of the event," a PCB source said.