DUBAI // The International Cricket Council (ICC) have indicated that this year's Champions Trophy is set to move to South Africa - the second venue shift after host Pakistan was dropped because of security concerns. The ICC's chief executive committee decided against Sri Lanka as an alternative site because of the likelihood of rain during the eight-team competition scheduled for Sept 24-Oct 5. The ICC board is scheduled to make a final decision next Monday. The decision means that the event may not be taking place in the UAE, which was a possible venue competing with the South African bid.
Haroon Lorgat, the ICC's chief executive, said that the worries over possible weather delays were heightened because this year's tournament was scaled down to 12 days. "This was part of our desire to make it a short, sharp event, as on that basis there would be no room for reserve days," he said. The ICC shifted the Champions Trophy last year from Pakistan, citing security risks. Pakistan now face questions about whether they can co-host the 2011 World Cup following last month's militant ambush of the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.
Besides South Africa, the ICC had also looked into staging the competition in Australia. Members also proposed holding the ICC World Twenty-20 from April 30-May 16 2010. The tournament will take place in St. Lucia, Guyana, Barbados and St. Kitts. *AP