Friday, July 03, 2009

South Africa make a place for ICC Champions Trophy

South Africa will mass the 2009 Champions Trophy in Johannesburg and Centurion commencing from September 24 and concluding on October 5, Cricket South Africa has established this. The conclusion was taken after a teleconference during which the CSA board agreed the ICC's monetary terms to host the contest.

"The CSA Board's assessment to agree to the financial model from the ICC to host the ICC Champions Trophy means that South Africa has yet an additional gem in its crown of hosting a most important international sports event," CSA chief Gerald Majola said. "The authentication of Supersport Park and Liberty Life Wanderers as the two venues of this contest is just reward for the terrific cricket events that they have hosted over the past decade."

The Champions Trophy was at first planned to be held in Pakistan in 2008 but it was tardy to 2009 because of troubles concerning the security. In February 2009, the ICC removed the tournament from Pakistan because of security concerns and said that Sri Lanka, which was the preserve venue, would be the host. However, in March, the ICC's head executive’s board suggested that the Champions Trophy be shifted to South Africa following concerns over weather conditions in Sri Lanka in September.

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