BCCI says no to CT in October 2009

The BCCI rejected the holding of the Champions Trophy in October 2009 becuase of clash of date with the home ODI series against Australia.

updated: September 15, 2008 14:31 IST
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New Delhi:

The Indian Cricket Board on Wednesday rejected suggestions to hold the Champions Trophy in October 2009 due to clash of dates with the home ODI series against Australia.

According to a website, the BCCI made their opposition to the Champions Trophy dates in the ICC's Chief Executives meeting on Wednesday and the matter will be discussed in the ICC Board meeting on Thursday.

"We have said that the Champions Trophy in October will not be possible for us since we are hosting Australia at that time," BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah was quoted as saying by the website.

"The One-day series against Australia is a very important fixture for us. It has been scheduled and we can't do anything about it. All the boards will have to find another solution or window for the Champions Trophy."

The BCCI is tentatively planning to hold the first match of the seven-match ODI series against Australia on October 13, three days after the conclusion of the Champions Twenty20 League, which it is organising along with Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa (CSA).

The ICC Board had, on August 24, decided to postpone the Champions Trophy that was originally scheduled to be held in Pakistan from September 12 after five of the eight participating nations expressed security concerns about the host country.