BCCI welcomes Champions Trophy deferral

Niranjan Shah, the board secretary, said the security concerns raised by other boards are valid.

updated: August 28, 2008 06:45 IST
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New Delhi:

The BCCI on Sunday welcomed the ICC's decision to postpone the Champions Trophy in Pakistan until October next year, saying it agreed with the security concerns raised by other boards.

"As the decision has been taken by all the members of the ICC, we welcome it. We are not disappointed," BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah told PTI.

"We were backing Pakistan but considering the situation we agree with the member boards but we continue to support Pakistan," Shah added.

The ICC postponed the event, slated for next month, after a teleconference of Executive Board in Dubai owing to security concerns of countries like Australia, England and South Africa.

ICC President David Morgan said the governing body could not remove the reservations of some of the participating countries about Pakistan under the current situation and postponed the event to October 2009.

"There was complete support and sympathy for the Pakistan Cricket Board and the situation it finds itself in, which is not of its making," Morgan said in a statement after a teleconference of ICC Executive Board.

"However, there was also a realisation that, under the current circumstances, some of the teams due to compete in the ICC Champions Trophy had reservations about touring there which could not be removed.

"In those circumstances it was considered prudent to postpone the event to October 2009, a time when we all hope conditions may be more acceptable for all the competing teams," he said.

The weeks of suspense over the fate of the high-profile event ended two days after South Africa had formally pulled out of the event, citing security apprehensions.