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Posted: 21 August 2008 at 6:37am | IP Logged

    WELCOME

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  ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY

Any discussion,articles or videos related to this series SHOULD ONLY be posted in this topic..Thankyou!

 
 
Fixtures

ICC Champions Trophy, 2008/09

September 2008

Fri 12 Floodlit%20Match
14:15 local, 09:15 GMT

Group A - Pakistan v West Indies
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Sat 13 Floodlit%20Match
14:45 local, 09:45 GMT

Group A - Australia v India
National Stadium, Karachi

Sun 14 Floodlit%20Match
14:15 local, 09:15 GMT

Group B - England v Sri Lanka
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Sun 14 Floodlit%20Match
14:45 local, 09:45 GMT

Group B - South Africa v New Zealand
National Stadium, Karachi

Mon 15 Floodlit%20Match
14:45 local, 09:45 GMT

Group A - Pakistan v Australia
National Stadium, Karachi

Tue 16 Floodlit%20Match
14:15 local, 09:15 GMT

Group B - South Africa v Sri Lanka
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Wed 17 Floodlit%20Match
14:15 local, 09:15 GMT

Group B - England v New Zealand
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Thu 18 Floodlit%20Match
14:45 local, 09:45 GMT

Group A - India v West Indies
National Stadium, Karachi

Fri 19 Floodlit%20Match
14:15 local, 09:15 GMT

Group B - New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Sat 20 Floodlit%20Match
14:45 local, 09:45 GMT

Group A - Pakistan v India
National Stadium, Karachi

Sun 21 Floodlit%20Match
14:15 local, 09:15 GMT

Group A - Australia v West Indies
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Sun 21 Floodlit%20Match
14:45 local, 09:45 GMT

Group B - England v South Africa
National Stadium, Karachi

Wed 24 Floodlit%20Match
14:45 local, 09:45 GMT

1st Semi-Final - TBC v TBC
National Stadium, Karachi
25th Reserve Day

Fri 26 Floodlit%20Match
14:00 local, 09:00 GMT

2nd Semi-Final - TBC v TBC
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
27th Reserve Day

Sun 28 Floodlit%20Match
14:00 local, 09:00 GMT

Final - TBC v TBC
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
29th Reserve Day

 
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This is my favourite picture Tongue

 

 A security guard searches Brian Murgatroyd, one of six members of the ICC delegation in Pakistan ahead of the Champions Trophy
 
My parent's home is not far from gadaffi staduim(brought back memories)Confused
 
Heavy security at the Gaddafi Stadium during the ICC inspection of arrangements for the ICC Champions Trophy, Lahore, August 11, 2008
 

Champions Trophy 2008

ACA denies ignoring Pakistan advice

Brydon Coverdale

August 20, 2008


Paul Marsh: "We've relied on Reg [Dickason]'s recommendations for 12 years. Reg has never let us down, so, yes, we put a lot of faith in what he has to say." Getty Images
 

The Australian Cricketers' Association has rejected suggestions that it ignored a comprehensive report on the security situation in Pakistan when making its decision to advise Australia's players not to tour. The ACA chief executive Paul Marsh said the organisation relied heavily on an assessment from the Australian security expert Reg Dickason, who visited Pakistan briefly in June.

But the Pakistan Cricket Board believes a more detailed and more positive report was supplied by Nicholls Steyn & Associates, the security firm engaged by the ICC, who investigated the situation in Pakistan for months. Pakistan are concerned that the ACA made its decision without taking enough note of that analysis, a claim that Marsh denied.

"Without getting into the specific details of the Nicholls-Steyn report, if you were to read that you'd probably share our concerns," Marsh said. "From a player's perspective we need to be absolutely sure that if we're recommending that players go into an environment like this that we need to be comfortable that they're going to be safe, and reading that report we couldn't be."

However, Marsh conceded that Dickason's advice played a large part in the ACA's decision to recommend Australian players do not visit Pakistan for next month's Champions Trophy. "We've relied on Reg's recommendations for 12 years," Marsh said. "Reg has never let us down, so, yes, we put a lot of faith in what he has to say.

"Our job is to assess whether it's safe for the players to go. We've done that and we do that through independent sources, it's not as though we just read the newspaper and make the decision."

Those newspapers have in the past few days carried stories on the resignation of Pakistan's president Pervez Musharraf. While Marsh said that development had not affected the ACA's decision, general terrorism concerns and the assassination of the former prime minister Benazir Bhutto last December remained in the back of their minds.

"There are other issues here at play," Marsh said. "The level of terrorist activity in Pakistan over this year and last year - and I could quote you some statistics that are from our perspective relatively scary - they're at play without Musharraf standing down.

"There are external threats, and you only have to go to the DFAT [Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade] website to be able to get a bit of a handle on that, and there are internal threats, the ability to actually secure the team. Once again we could probably point to a Benazir Bhutto situation to see whether the team could be secured."

Such comments will do nothing to diminish suggestions from Pakistan that Australia had made up their minds some time ago that they did not wish to tour. Marsh said while there was virtually nothing Pakistan could do to change the ACA's stance, he did not expect a final decision to rest with Australia's players.

"If [the ICC] decide that it will take place in Pakistan then it will I guess become Cricket Australia's decision as to whether Australia participates. If Cricket Australia make the decision to send a team, then and only then will it become a player's decision. Talk of a boycott and all of those sort of things are some way off and I don't expect that it will get to that point."

Brydon Coverdale is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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Cooooool! I love that first picture!!!

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whether the champion's trophy would be held in Pakistan or not....decision to come on Sunday! Ermm

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Pakistan's 15-member squad for the Champion's Trophy:

1. Shoaib Malik (captain)
2. Misbah-ul-Haq (vice captain)
3. Salman Butt
4. Nasir Jamshed
5. Younis Khan
6. Shahid Afridi
7. Kamran Akmal (wicket keeper)
8. Shoaib Akhtar
9. Sohail Tanvir
10. Umar Gul
11. Rao Iftikhar Anjum
12. Abdur Rauf
13.Saeed Ajmal
14. Bazid Khan
15. Khalid Latif

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 There have been some unexpected selections and ousters..!! Khalid Latif gets a surprise call up..which seems pretty senseless..In the presence of Butt,Jamshed n Akmal..y need another opener??Confused SARFARAZ Ahmad and FAWAD Alam have been dropped which comes as a shock esp. Fawad has been with the ODI team since June 2007 and he's suddenly dropped!! His exclusion is not understandable coz he has always performed well whenever given a chance...plus, he also scored big in the practice matches at Multan.The selectors said they would pick those players who would do well in the practice games..but they DIDN'T! Sarfraz too had done well in the Asia Cup but I guess the selectors wanted to go with Akmal's experience..
  The biggest injustice is done with YASIR ARAFAT!!!!Angry That guy is the top wicket taker in England's T20 championship, the 50 overs Friend's Provident Trophy, the Pro-40 championship and is among the top 5 wicket takers in the 4-day matches tournament as well!! What more do u want from him???ConfusedConfusedAngry

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I'm ready for the Champions Trophy!
 
Good luck to all the teams.

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Champions Trophy 2008

Tournament hangs in balance

Cricinfo staff

August 21, 2008


It's expected that the BCCI and PCB will once again highlight the ICC's "positive" security assessment after the Asia Cup in Pakistan in June-July at Sunday's teleconference AFP
 

The fate of the Champions Trophy hangs on Sunday's telephone hook-up after it emerged that India and Pakistan have hardened their position on the tournament going ahead as scheduled from September 12 onwards in Karachi and Lahore, leaving the ICC with the possibility of a cancellation otherwise.

An option is to relocate the tournament to Sri Lanka, the official alternate venue - a solution that ESPN-Star Sports (ESS), the official broadcaster, may agree to even at this late stage - but India and Pakistan remain adamant that the tournament cannot be shifted on what they believe are "flimsy grounds".

The ICC, it is learnt, was informed about this view during a meeting at its headquarters in Dubai on Wednesday evening between David Morgan, its president, Sharad Pawar, its vice-president who also heads the BCCI, Haroon Lorgat, its chief executive and Shafqat Naghmi, the chief operating officer of the PCB. Apparently, there is also a credible pullout threat from Pakistan, backed by India, if the venue is changed.

Asked if moving the tournament to Sri Lanka was a solution, a source said, "You can't rule out the possibility of a cancellation, considering the absolute lack of a consensus at this stage."

There is no other alternative for the tournament which involves teams from the top eight cricket nations, sources told Cricinfo. "If countries like Australia pull out, there is no question of the tournament going ahead with substitutes like Bangladesh," a source said. "The broadcasters are not going to allow that."

Crucially, it's understood that ESS is concerned as there is no clarity yet on the tournament, which is less than a month away, and is open to a shift in order to salvage the situation. "Obviously, ESS wants the best teams to participate and ensure a world-class tournament," a source said. "It is possible [to ensure quality coverage] if it is shifted to a nearby country even now, but it will involve significant extra costs for the broadcaster."

The ICC board is expected to take a final decision on the issue during a teleconference on Sunday, two days after its task force on the Champions Trophy discusses the feedback it received from officials and players' representatives in Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa.

Players' associations from these countries have insisted security concerns remain - another blast was reported near Islamabad on Thursday - and officials from the Australian Cricketers' Association and the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association have said they would advise teams against touring. Their boards may highlight those views, if not endorse them, on Sunday, but the BCCI and the PCB, with the traditional backing of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, are expected to reiterate that the ICC's "positive" security assessment after the Asia Cup in Karachi and Lahore during June-July leaves no room for doubt.

The ICC, meanwhile, remains firm the tournament will go ahead in Pakistan, as of now, and its officials are in Karachi and Lahore this week, conducting venue inspections. "We are still fighting and are hopeful of hosting the tournament," Naghmi told Cricinfo.

All this, of course, leaves Sri Lanka in an unusual position. Duleep Mendis, Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive, told Cricinfo his country is prepared to host the tournament if needed. However, he said the tournament should go ahead in Pakistan, indicating which way the Asian countries are likely to go if the future of the Champions Trophy comes down to a vote of the ICC board - any decision requires at least a 7-3 majority.

"The issue of security is subjective and what some may believe to be reality will be seen as mere perception by others," a source said. "This is the issue that has to be resolved on Sunday, if the tournament has to go ahead."

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I don't think ICC series will be played in pak, coz SA,Aus, england and New zealand have already pulled out from this tournament.. Venue could be shifted to sri lanka..but i don't understand one thing.. when sub-continent teams can come to play asia cup then why other teams are still fearing for thier lives.. Anyone can die at any place... be it WI or austrailia.. we lost our coach in WI but pak is still ready to fly there.. Are we more brave then them?..Anyways PCB did thier effort now its all up to ICC and team boards to decide

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